SHANGHAI, China, Sporting Alert – Manchester United will start their International Champions Cup campaign against Borussia Dortmund at the Shanghai Stadium in China on Friday.
The game will be the second on the pre-season schedule for the English Premier League team, which defeated Wigan 2-0 in the warm-up opener last Saturday.
Manager Jose Mourinho is determined to build on the positives from the last game, but the Portugal coach hinted that he will be making some changes to his starting team.
Against Wigan, Mourinho started new signing Eric Bailly alongside Daley Blind in the heart of the backline, but the manager is set to try other combinations of players during Tour 2016.
“In the other match [against Wigan] I started the match with Bailly and Blind as central defenders,” Jose said to MUTV.
“Tomorrow I shall start with Bailly and Jones, to see different things and we will try for the best result but that is not the most important thing.”
Manchester United will take on a Borussia Dortmund side that has already played five pre-season games and has been together for at least a month now, which is why Mourinho is bracing for a tough encounter.
“They are a team that has played five matches and a team that has five matches in their legs,” he said.
“They started training a couple of weeks before us and they didn’t have so many players like we did in the Copa America and the Euros.
“So basically they only have two or three players out, they have the whole team working together for about a month and I repeat they have played five matches.
“So I expect to see two teams in different moments of their preparation, but it is good for us because it is more of a challenge.
“We are not here in pre-season playing for points so if you don’t win then you don’t win. You try to have to condition in the team and to know the players better.
“For example, I want to see the different formations and different players in different positions with different combinations.”