Manchester United 2-1 win over European champions Real Madrid in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium added a bit of shine to a tour that has, for the most part, been played out under a cloud. It started badly and, over the course of more than two weeks, gradually got worse.
First, there was Alexis Sanchez, left at home while the rest of the squad flew to Los Angeles because of a visa issue. It was particularly unfortunate the news broke just hours after United’s official website had published an article about how the Chile star would be ready to rediscover his best form after a first summer off since 2013 and a full preseason.
That was out of Mourinho’s control. What he could control, though, was the tone he set from the minute he got in front of the cameras.
His first news conference of the summer started with handshakes for the 10 English journalists who had followed the team across the Atlantic.
It may seem like a small gesture, but it hasn’t always happened and it felt to those in attendance that it might be a sign of the United’s manager’s improving mood.