Injury boost for United: Mourinho gives latest update on two first-team players
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Injury boost for United: Mourinho gives latest update on two first-team players

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Chris Smalling and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have returned to training.

Both of them were ruled out of friendlies against Galatasaray and Everton with injuries but could now play against Leicester in Sunday’s Community Shield.

Smalling is however suspended for the trip to Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the Premier League season following his red card in the FA Cup final but will be available at Wembley.

Mourinho said: “They are fine now. They have recovered and they are training with the group as normal, so they are fine.

“Everybody needs minutes – that is the reality. We had so little time to play and Smalling is a player who has not even played one minute. But it is a little bit the same for everyone.

“One thing is to start five weeks ago, like some of them, and another thing is to start one week ago – it is completely different. But the way we work we try to bring them on as fast as we can.

“I won’t say to top form but to a level where they are ready to compete. That is the reality of modern football.”

As summer transfer sprees go, Manchester United have enjoyed a rather successful one this year.

The Red Devils have signed one of the brightest young defenders in Europe, arguably the best striker in the game, a shining star of the Bundesliga, and are close to breaking the world transfer record for the best box-to-box midfielder around.

They’ve appointed European soccer’s most decorated coach as well. Change isn’t always good, but at United, it will surely prove to be.

United haven’t played a competitive fixture since the FA Cup final on May 21, but there is a sense that real strides have been made at Old Trafford over the past few weeks.

If it’s possible to leap Premier League places in the off-season, United have done it, going from top four challengers to presumed title contenders by virtue of their transfer market activity this summer.

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