Jose Mourinho backed by former Manchester United chief executive as gloomy stars arrive home from Munich

Jose Mourinho has been backed by former Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon as a gloomy set of players arrived back home on Monday morning.

The Red Devils stars arrived at Manchester Airport at around 1am following their 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

It’s been a difficult pre-season for the Red Devils, who have struggled with a number of players still away on their post-World Cup holidays.

Mourinho hasn’t shied away from letting his feelings known, and has stressed more than once that he would like at least two more signings this summer.

And it has been suggested there could be friction between the United boss and vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Jose Mourinho arrives back in Manchester following the Bayern Munich defeat
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Made in Spain: Juan Mata and David De Gea land with the team
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However, Kenyon has backed the pair to resolve any difficulties that may be going on at United.

“They have to work it out and they’ll find a way of working it out,” said Kenyon on BBC 5 Live.

“United is bigger than anybody, bigger than any individual and that’s always been the mantra.

Red Devils new boy Fred outside Terminal 1
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A big season for Alexis Sanchez
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“It will get worked out and I would hope Jose is part of that working it out because he is incredibly skilled and he’s demonstrated he can do things.

“He is more than capable, one of the best coaches in the world but have they got it right? No.

“I think the first people to recognise that will be the people at United.

“Jose has all the capabilities, he’s done it, but I don’t think he’s in a place where he feels good at the moment, or United feel good at the moment or the fans at the moment.”

A tired looking Marcus Rashford returns home
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Kenyon sees Manchester City’s rise as particularly difficult for United to deal with but is sure his old side have everything they need to close the gap on last year’s runaway champions.

“They’ve got more competition than they’ve ever had before and it’s coming from the other side of the city,” he said.

“Having been born there and lived there, that’s pretty uncomfortable. They’re just going to have to dig in and sort it out.

“They have the resources, they’ve got a fantastic fan-base and one of the best coaches in the world. They’ve just to work out what it is and sort it.”

Manchester United fell to defeat against Bayern Munich
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Javi Martinez scored the game’s only goal
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And with their tour having now come to an end, Mourinho breathed a sigh of relief at full-time.

“Finally, it’s over,” Mourinho said. “Finally, such a difficult pre-season is over.

“We don’t want to come here and lose badly by four or five. We want to get a certain image, a certain competition, which we did for our boys.

“In the week, we have to organise the week in a way so we can be fresh for Friday because, on Friday, the Premier League starts. We play for points and it’s with the players we have.

“There is no time to cry. Players are not going to be here on Friday and we have to go with best possible team and with a great mentality.”

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