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Jose Mourinho Guides United Against Leicester City, August 8

Jose Mourinho
Posted: Jul 23, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor

Lagos – Jose Mourinho, Manchester United manager will have his first competitive game on August 8 when they play Premier League champions Leicester City in the FA Community Shield at the Wembley Stadium.

The game which is between winners of the EPL and FA Cup will be the third encounter between both sides while the 2015/2016 season; it is also expected to be a harbinger for Mourinho, his new signings and their future at United.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has reassured Juan Mata, that his Manchester United career is still very bright irrespective of all odds.

The Spaniard, 28, was sold by Mourinho in his second spell as Chelsea manager, in January 2014 and the same deal was widely expected to happen at United this summer.

But, Mourinho is believed to hold reservations over Mata’s willingness to help out in defence.

Jose Mourinho used a press conference in United’s pre-season tour of China to tell Mata there was accommodation for him in United’s squad for the coming 2016/2017 season.

“I think since the first day, everything is clear between us. There is space for him,” Mourinho said.

“He is a talented player, but I don’t promise places to anyone. I promise respect and I like him.”

“So if he wants to stay and I think he wants—until this moment I don’t have one little sign that he wanted to leave; so I think he wants to stay—then yes, there is space for him and yes, I think he can be useful to the club.”