The tour as a whole has been much better than last season. We've been based at the same place for the last 15 days. We just have a stop off at Washington then we are home. Much better than the shambles of the on off derby in China. We've played some good stuff too and seem to have a decent amount of energy in the squad. I really hope we hit the ground running in the league but I genuinely think this has been the best pre season for some time and I'm not really counting results as anything to go by
I hear you and you right, its not results (which are a bonus). Its the energy you see in the players, the sharpness and quickness in the passing. Everyone looks comfortable and seemingly ready to fight for their place - no nerves as such, just an ease and purpose about them. Apart from working hard, they also seem to be having plenty of fun together and in the places they visit, which is good for team spirit and unity
"In training, everyone wants to be the best, everyone wants to win, so to be part of a team like that is great. Players like Marcus [Rashford], Jesse [Lingard], Micki [Henrikh Mkhitaryan], Juan [Mata], Ander [Herrera] – players like that are hungry to win trophies and it’s time for us. We need to work hard; the manager has a masterplan and we are here to follow it. Hopefully it’s going to take us to the top.
"That’s what I came here for [trophies]. Manchester United, for me, equals trophies. The biggest club in the world equals trophies. Growing up, I’ve seen United win the league every year, almost! You want to be a part of that history; it’s drilled into your head when you do training sessions with the players, you don’t want to be on the losing side.
"You don’t want to be on the losing side in the training sessions, in the friendlies or the official games, you want to win constantly and improve year after year. That is something that I wanted to feel. I wanted to feel that pressure, I wanted to feel that hunger – to be here now, I’m really grateful. I’m grateful to be part of the biggest club in the world, but there is a lot of work to be done, and I know that I need to work much harder than I have until now.
"I want to do it because, at the end of the day, I want the club to reach bigger heights, I want the players to win a lot of trophies and I want to create history with the club. Manchester United is the biggest club in the world, so we need to work hard to make sure the club gets there.
Thats from Lukaku's latest interview. Really nice to hear that they hate loosing, even in training! The kind of mentality SAF instilled in his sides
Trophies and hunger are also constant themes which I love to hear - no "we hope to do well" kind of stuff but The firm belief in wanting to win everything. Last year Mou said he wants to win everything, and with the squad and amount of games played, we managed to win 3 trophies - so really excited for this season