Jose Mourinho: My First Game Against Wigan Is Important, But I’m Not After Winning


Jose Mourinho says his first Manchester United game against Wigan is not about winning, but he will be watching the younger players carefully against Wigan.

Mourinho’s first game in charge will be a pre-season trip to the DW Stadium on July 16.

The Portuguese boss said that he will be looking at some of the younger players that he’ll be hoping to bring through the ranks during his time at Old Trafford.

And two players he will look closely at are young defenders Tyrell Warren and Axel Tuanzebe.

“The first game against Wigan is very important because I’m going to have some players I don’t know very well,” Mourinho told MUTV.

“At Wigan I will be bringing guys like Tyrell Warren and Axel Tuanzebe.

“I don’t know them well but I just trust Nicky Butt, John Murtough and the structure’s judgement, obviously I’m going to work closely with them so I trust them, when they say we have a few players who, in a couple of years, can be first-team players.

“I have to work with them, I have to give them the chance to work with the first team, to know me, to feel me, to accelerate that process because that process will be in the academy but I can accelerate that process, so let’s go for it.

“It’s not important to win, it’s important to know them and to give them an opportunity to work.”

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