Jose Mourinho Hails Barcelona Defeat As 'Perfect End' To US Tour

Beth Cruz
July 28, 2017

In Washington in the early hours of Thursday morning, Barcelona beat Manchester United in an International Champions Cup fixture.

Of course it's only pre-season, and Jose Mourinho will claim its only a training session and he isn't bothered about results, but he will surely use this performance to highlight to Ed Woodward that his team need reinforcements.

It was a classic Mourinho dig directed at City's big spending, but he has also said enough about United's strike-rate in this window to make it clear that he is not satisfied with the business done by the club to date.

Paris Saint-Germain target Neymar proved his worth to the Catalans by bagging the winning goal. I think it would be very bad for us to leave the USA without a defeat, playing against teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, it would be very bad to go home with just victories.

Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho said, "It's very important to lose a match in pre-season".

By that stage, City will start the campaign having spent in excess of £220 million but they have the money, and they realise that sometimes, you have to pay a premium to get the players you want when you want them.

"So the defeat is good".

"Some clubs are paying or they don't buy because they don't accept the numbers that are now ruling the market, or to do it they have to go the same levels and for me that's what worries me a little bit because now we speak about £30m, £40m, £50m in such an easy way". "The very good things are to keep and the bad things are to improve".

He was the first signing of the post Alex Ferguson era, and it is a surprise to most that he has out lasted two managers and is about to embark on his fifth season as a Manchester United player.

"I am doing my best, I want to get into the team this season".

"The attitude was good and in the second half we defended much better. We arrived into unsafe positions and we could have scored".

Jose Mourinho's side now head to Norway, where they take on Valerenga, before a game with Sampdoria in Dublin.

"So now we just need to land safely in Manchester and this part of the pre-season is flawless".

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