Jose Mourinho and Manchester United came to terms with reality as they were thumped 4-1 by an adept Borussia Dortmund side in the International Champions Cup.
It was a rough beginning to Manchester United’s pre-season tour as they came out short against a Borussia Dortmund side that played an attacking brand of football from the outset. Jose Mourinho’s men began the game on the back foot, and played catch-up for the most part. Only a handful of United players stood out, while several came under the cosh, and were scrutinized for a lacklustre performance.
Here’s how the game panned out on social media:
*United beat Wigan:”We are gonna win the league. Mkhi is a baller.”
*United lose to Dortmund:”Pre season means nothing. 20 TIMES 20 TIMES.”
— Aaron (@ReidTheGame) July 22, 2016
Why do people care about the result of a pre season friendly?
LVG won almost every friendly as United manager as it counted for nowt!#MUFC
— The Mighty Elks (@TheMightyElks) July 22, 2016
Too many impatient, demanding United fans on here. Preseason is for experimenting, gaining fitness etc. Save the results for the league!
— JC (@JustCantona) July 22, 2016
United fans need to get used to this
— holiday (@EIasticoKenedy) July 22, 2016
mourinho should have brought ibra to the pre-season tournament, easily 9-0 to united
— James (@SaintPhoeniix) July 22, 2016
Memphis Depay was deployed as a number nine, and looked off the pace on a number of occasions as he failed to test Roman Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goal. Defender Phil Jones and keeper Sam Johnstone too had a torrid game, and were the targets of some roasting on Twitter:
I’ve struggled through 45 mins of United v BVB. Jones is still terrible. Depay has been trash in preseason so far. The conditions are awful.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) July 22, 2016
Also, can someone please help me understand what Phil Jones is still looking for at United?
— hannie (@Sawamss) July 22, 2016
The fact it’s pre season doesn’t excuse the fact that Phil Jones and Memphis are useless
— Connor (@DDGSaves) July 22, 2016
Valencia, Memphis & Johnstone have been trash so far. Luckily none will be in the starting XI to face Bournemouth.
— Melvin S7ven (@MelvinS7ven) July 22, 2016
Memphis and Lingard deserve a chance to prove themselves at Nottingham Forest. #MUFC
— Limo (@Limo_alan) July 22, 2016
Sam Johnstone just lives for pre season appearances then goes into hiding during the season
— Jordan (@JordaanBroown) July 22, 2016
… And that’s why Sam Johnstone isn’t the first or second keeper in Manchester United. Awful save and clearing #mutour
— Casper Due (@casdueh) July 22, 2016
Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele showcased on Friday why he was signed by manager Thomas Tuchel, after a blistering performance was capped by a magnificent solo goal. Fans obviously loved the goal, and spoke highly of the Frenchman.
Ousmane Dembele doing what he should be doing for us 😪 see what playing time has caused, 🌚😭
— Damian. (@CyprianEd_) July 22, 2016
That Ousmane Dembele guy ripped Rojo
— DONZY #Eclipse (@OfficialDonzy) July 22, 2016
Ousmane Dembele is a hell of a talent
— Shadab Monjur (@Liverpool_World) July 22, 2016
Deschamps better keep his eyes on Ousmane Dembélé, kid’s gonna be mega this season.
— Ross (@ManCityRoss) July 22, 2016
3-0! Ousmane Dembele twists and turns and Dortmund are in full control against Man United.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 22, 2016
An overall team performance was lauded by the footballing world:
Chinese Reds outnumbered the #BvB yellows by 15 to 1
At end United players went straight down tunnel & Dortmund players went to their fans
— Peter Bolton (@PeterBolton3) July 22, 2016
Take Lewandowski, take Hummels, take Gundogan, yet, Dortmund will still smash top teams. Sometimes you’ve just got to admire that….
— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) July 22, 2016
It was only a friendly but certainly impressive from dortmund
— Alex Sergacome (@Alex_AMS96) July 22, 2016
Dortmund’s young flers are so good they’re scary. Emre Mor, Pulisic, Leitner, Dembele. Impressive.
— Khael Malik (@fusion16) July 22, 2016