Manchester United arrive home after defeat by Bayern Munich as Jose Mourinho welcomes the end of 'such a difficult pre-season' and focus turns to Premier League clash with Leicester

Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in Germany on Sunday Jose Mourinho and his squad touched back down in Manchester on Monday United endured a miserable pre-season and face Leicester on Friday night Following the defeat in Bavaria, Mourinho welcomed the end of pre-season

06 August 2018 - 14:15

Manchester United touched back down in the UK in the early hours of Monday morning following the latest and final defeat of a miserable pre-season.

Jose Mourinho's side were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in Bavaria on Sunday night, with Javi Martinez's header the difference between the two sides.

Attention for United now turns to the Premier League as they look to catch Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City side.


Juan Mata and David de Gea walk through Manchester airport after flying back from Germany

Juan Mata and David de Gea walk through Manchester airport after flying back from Germany


United manager Jose Mourinho pictured at the end of a miserable pre-season for his side

United manager Jose Mourinho pictured at the end of a miserable pre-season for his side


New signing Fred still took the time to sign autographs for fans who had gathered at airport

New signing Fred still took the time to sign autographs for fans who had gathered at airport

Mourinho's side open their campaign against Leicester on Friday night and following their defeat in Germany, Mourinho's side wasted no time returning home.

United flew back to the UK at 1am on Monday morning, just hours after the clash at the Allianz Arena.

Nevertheless, new signing Fred and Marcus Rashford still  took time to sign autographs for fans who had gathered to welcome them back to the north west.

There were reasons for Mourinho to be cheerful, too.

Defender Luke Shaw was among the United squad that travelled to face Bayern Munich

Defender Luke Shaw was among the United squad that travelled to face Bayern Munich

Marcus Rashford (pictured) returned early from holiday to join up with his United team-mates

Marcus Rashford (pictured) returned early from holiday to join up with his United team-mates

The United manager has overseen a miserable off-season and, speaking after the game on Sunday, he welcomed the return of the Premier League.

Mourinho also hailed the performances of his young players, who have been called upon in the absence of World Cup stars such as Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard. 

'Finally, it's over. Finally, such a difficult pre-season is over,' Mourinho told the club's website.

The England international signs autographs for waiting fans on his return to Manchester

The England international signs autographs for waiting fans on his return to Manchester

Phil Jones, who played a bit-part role for England in Russia, also returned in time for the defeat

Phil Jones, who played a bit-part role for England in Russia, also returned in time for the defeat

'The players were, once more, brilliant. They could not have done better than what they did. (It was a) fantastic experience for the boys.

'There was a moment I was looking to the area and there was Axel (Tuanzebe) at centre-back to left, Demetri (Mitchell) at left wing-back, (James) Garner in midfield on the left and (Tahith) Chong.

'At the same time it was Lewandowski on Axel, Robben on Mitchell, (Leon) Goretzka on Garner and (Niklas) Sule on Chong.

'It was fantastic, absolutely fantastic. We were playing against their best team, it was their complete squad apart from (Corentin) Tolisso.'  

Source: daily mail
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