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Friday 30 September 2016

Jose Mourinho lays down the law at Man United ahead of China tour

Mark Ogden

Published 08/07/2016 | 02:30

Jose Mourinho's first game in charge of United will be against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on July 16. Picture credit: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United's England players they will be expected to travel to China on the club's pre-season tour later this month - despite only exiting Euro 2016 ten days ago.

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Mourinho, whose first game in charge of United will be against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on July 16, began pre-season training yesterday with those squad players who did not participate in Euro 2016 or the Copa America this summer.

While the likes of Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Marcus Rashford were absent due to post-Euro 2016 holidays, the England trio will travel to the Far East when United depart for their two-game tour of China on July 19.

United are due to face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22 before facing Manchester City in Beijing three days later.

But while Rooney, Smalling and Rashford will be on the plane to China, Mourinho insists it will be as a squad bonding exercise rather than for action on the pitch.

Summer signings Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also set to travel to China.

Meanwhile, former Spain and Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has signed a two-year contract with Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough.

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