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Andreas Pereira hoping to convince Jose Mourinho he deserves Manchester United chance

Andreas Pereira hoping to convince Jose Mourinho he deserves Manchester United chance

United suffered their first pre-season loss as Neymar's first-half strike was enough to secure Barcelona a win in the International Champions Cup.

Antonio Valencia couldn't deal with Lionel Messi's chipped pass and Neymar nipped in, spun 180 degrees and fired past David De Gea from close range.

"It would be easy for him to hide behind it and to say "it's time stop and go to a different level of football".

They were ripped apart nearly at will by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez and should've conceded more than one.

Mourinho, whose side were due to face Barcelona in Washington in Wednesday's final match of their United States tour, dismissed the notion he is not a manager who develops young players.

The French midfielder was arguably United's best player and, after the game, his manager said he was at the same level as Barcelona's and Real Madrid's top stars, though he admitted that the Spanish giants were, overall, ahead of United.

The 25-year-old continued his rich vein of form as he smashed his third goal in two matches to hand the Jose Mourinho-led side their first pre-season defeat.

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"I think in the game we did some very good things and we did bad things".

Successive victories against La Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Manchester City were followed by a win on penalties over Real Madrid.

"We won three trophies last season, so I hope that we are going to continue that way and improve".

"I've been playing for one season", he said.

They have paid in the excess of £90m for striker Romelu Lukaku and£30m for defender Victor Lindelöf, Mourinho admitted that clubs are "paying too much" for players in an "out of control market" but stated that it is how the market is. Obviously, I won the trophy past year so I'm hoping as a club we can go far and, you never know, try to win it.

That proved to be the final action for De Gea, Suarez, Neymar and Messi as the quartet were replaced at the interval - Barca substituting all 10 outfield players, while Jose Mourinho made five changes.

They are due to take on Valerenga in Oslo on Sunday and then Sampdoria in Ireland before facing Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8.


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