Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have stressed Man Utd are taking Sunday’s Community Shield game against Leicester very seriously.
FA Cup winners United and shock champions Leicester face off this weekend for the first silverware of the season at Wembley.
Mourinho has made it clear the game is not a glorified friendly and is a very important occasion for his side, not only because there’s a trophy up for grabs but there’s just a week to go before the new Premier League season begins.
He said: “We need to train and we need to play. We need minutes for the players. We need to train against other teams like we did against Everton and Galatasaray, but that is over. Now we have no chance to train against other teams, now we have Leicester before the Premier League and it is not a training session against another team – it is a game.
“I think especially for the players that were involved last season, for them it must have a meaning, because to play in the Community Shield you need to be champion or have won the FA Cup, and they won the FA Cup. So I think we have to face it as a game.”
He added: “We have six changes, not three, so that gives me the chance to give minutes to some people, a chance to play with some players who I know cannot have the condition to play for 90 minutes, so it will be a little bit of everything – and, of course, we will try to win it.”
Big summer signing Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, has made it clear he sees the match as one with a legitimate piece of silverware on the line.
The Swedish striker told MUTV: “I believe it’s the first trophy game against Leicester. One game, one trophy. I’m used to winning trophies. I didn’t come here to waste time.
“That is the first trophy we will bring home. For me, every trophy is very serious. I have collected 30 trophies and I want to collect more of them. I’m not satisfied until I collect everything.”