Jose Mourinho may have bemoaned the lack of first team options at his disposal when Manchester United flew out to the United States, but after a week in North America, things are starting to ease for the Portuguese. Alexis Sanchez’s visa issues were resolved, with the Chilean cleared to enter the country after a previous charge of tax evasion from his time in Spain meant that he was forced to stay in Manchester when the team flew out initially. The United manager also confirmed that David de Gea, fresh from a post-World Cup holiday and new signing Fred, who signed from Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this summer will be meeting up with their teammates shortly; the former endured a difficult tournament, exiting at the last 16 with Spain after a penalty shootout defeat to Russia, whilst the latter failed to feature for Brazil as the Seleção bowed out to Belgium in the quarter finals.
Manutd.com are reporting that Nemanja Matic has completed his first training session of the tour, too, which should further please his manager. Mourinho was less-than unhappy to see Serbia exit the World Cup at the group stage, primarily because he wanted the Chelsea player to have a lengthy break before returning to his club. Matic posted a photo on Instagram suggesting that the midfielder was already getting himself into shape before he flew out to the United States, however, which would suggest that the player is keenly aware of the need to maintain his fitness ahead of a key season for the club.
Victor Lindelof will likely be the next player to return to the squad, after the former Benfica defender’s Sweden were knocked out by England in the quarter finals in Russia. With the season several weeks away, the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini will not be returning to the club until early August, and will not take part in United’s Premier League curtain-raiser with Leicester City.