Jose Mourinho said Manchester United’s 4-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund was due to the opposition being further on in their preparations.
The Red Devils’ chief watched his side lose their first game since he took over from Louis van Gaal earlier in the summer as they went up against the German Bundesliga outfit in Friday’s International Champions Cup clash at the Shanghai Stadium in China.
The only bright spot for Mourinho was summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring a consolation goal against the club he left just weeks earlier.
However, Thomas Tuchel’s side comfortably won the match courtesy of a Gonzalo Castro brace, a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty after stand-in United captain Antonio Valencia handled the ball, before the impressive Ousmane Dembele wrapped up the victory.
Mourinho felt the defeat was harsh on his players, while he claimed Dortmund had a clear advantage as they were playing their fifth friendly of the summer in comparison to it being United’s second.
“I think 3-2 would have been more natural than 4-1. But Dortmund showed their quality and they showed that they are in a more advanced stage of their preparations,” Mourinho told reporters.
United will hope to improve in their second match of the tournament when they go up against rivals Manchester City in Beijing on Monday.