In other words, United’s entrance into those two competitions will create more game-time chances for players in Mourinho’s squad, rather than his Premier League starting line-up.
The United boss, meanwhile, has revealed his “excitement” at the start of a new season.
He added: “Yes, I’m excited because I don’t like friendlies, they give me a strange feeling.
“You want to win them because you always want to win.
“But at the same time, there are more important things in those games than winning.
“I like competition. I like the Community Shield, because it’s a cup, a trophy.