Manchester United have travelled over to the United States of America for their pre-season tour, during which they will play a host of other big names in the International Champions Cup. Jose Mourinho’s men will pit their wits against giants of the game in the shape of Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid, so it’s barely an understated warm-up schedule.
Still, with the World Cup dominating summer headlines, Mourinho’s squad is somewhat depleted for this money-spinning tour. Many of the Red Devils’ biggest players won’t be around for a while following their exploits out in Russia and, while that isn’t ideal, it’s something that affords some of the players on the periphery of Mourinho’s thinking a chance to shine.
The Portuguese has often been accused of being rigid in his approach to utilising players on the periphery of his side, as well as young talent, so this early tour is a chance for the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ to really prove his doubters wrong on that front.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the players who might go a long way into changing Mourinho’s thinking.