Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United are already at a disadvantage before the Premier League season even starts with many of his first team players not available for the preseason camp.
Post-World Cup breaks for his players have left him less time to prepare with his full team than some rival clubs.
Manchester United will warm-up for the new season by competing in the International Champions Cup, starting on Wednesday with a game against AC Milan just outside Los Angeles, where Mourinho will be without many of his usual first-choice players.
The Portuguese coach said the inability to train with a full squad could prove costly when United host Leicester City (Aug. 10) and visit Brighton & Hove Albion (Aug. 19) in their first two games of the new Premier League campaign.
“The first match of the season is against Leicester and the second one is against Brighton and when I look to Leicester, if I’m not wrong, only (Harry) Maguire and (Jamie) Vardy were in the World Cup in the final phase because (goalkeeper Kasper) Schmeichel was back sooner, Mourinho told reporters at UCLA.
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“So I think a team that is working for six weeks minimum with all the players except one central defender and one striker that can join in the last week and probably be available… that is clear it’s a much better situation for them.
“When I look to Brighton on the second game, I don’t think they have any player that is not doing a very good pre-season with lots of matches and training.”
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