Jose Mourinho sends squad straight to training after China tour

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Manchester United's horrendous tour of China has finally come to an end.

A 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund was followed by their clash with Manchester City being cancelled due to the horrific weather and playing conditions.

Jose Mourinho was clearly miffed by the badly organised start to his United reign and it has severely affected his preparation for the upcoming campaign.

But if the Man United stars were expecting some respite after the tiring flight back from Asia, they were sadly mistaken.

Despite touching down back on English soil at 5am on Tuesday, the United manager told his players to report to training at 6:30am.

Wayne Rooney and Co. didn't even have enough time to ditch their bags at home and went straight to Carrington for a lengthy warm-down session.

After United's second tour match was cancelled, Mourinho has become concerned with his squad's lack of fitness and therefore pressed the team into action as soon as they returned.

An unnamed Man United source told The Sun: “Jose called ahead and United’s squad arrived at 6am at Carrington, coming direct on the team coach from Manchester airport.

“They’ve flown back from China overnight. He’s unhappy with the lack of fitness work over the last 72 hours and wanted to treat the session as a warm-down after all that flight time. He’s cutting a very frustrated figure.”

Louis van Gaal inflicted a similar toil on the United squad after a Champions League game last season - a decision the players reacted badly to. However, there have been no reports of any similar responses to Mourinho.

Shanghai is seven hours ahead of Manchester so it's highly likely Mourinho felt his new squad would able to cope with the early start having adjusted to the different time zone in China.

The Red Devils' next pre-season clash is against Galatasaray in Gothenburg on Saturday but they also have Wayne Rooney's testimonial and the campaign's curtain-raiser against Leicester City in the Community Shield to get into better shape before the Premier League restarts in less than a month's time.

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