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José Mourinho unconcerned by United's friendly thrashing

Borussia Dortmund ran out 4-1 winners in the first game of the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament.

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Manchester United's International Championship Cup campaign kicked off with a 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, which can sit anywhere on a spectrum between understandable, disappointing and downright embarrassing. However, manager José Mourinho was unconcerned by the thrashing, claiming that BVB's longer training time had given them a big headstart. Quoted by the BBC, Mourinho said:

"It was like Formula 1 against Formula 3. They are much sharper, so it was difficult to judge. One team started training a month ago and played four games."

Of course, there is at least some truth to what Mourinho has to say. Dortmund are much fitter than United at the moment, and it's worth remembering that Mourinho was still missing a fair chunk of the team that will start on the first day of the season proper. But at the same time, such a heavy defeat was disappointing, and doesn't exactly set the best of tones. Perhaps the only saving grace is that this wasn't against Manchester City ...