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- May 8, 2011
Friday, 22nd July 2016
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Jose Mourinho has revealed part of his Manchester United team to face Borussia Dortmund on Friday, telling MUTV that Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will both start in central defence.
New signing Bailly started the previous friendly at Wigan Athletic alongside Daley Blind but Mourinho is keen to trial different combinations of players during Tour 2016, presented by Aon.
The manager confirmed to MUTV: “In the other match [against Wigan] I started the match with Bailly and Blind as central defenders. Tomorrow I shall start with Bailly and Jones, to see different things and we will try for the best result but that is not the most important thing.”
The match against Dortmund at the Shanghai Stadium represents United’s first big test of the summer and, during his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Mourinho explained why he expects a tough examination from Thomas Tuchel’s Bundesliga side.
"They are a team that has played five matches and a team that has five matches in their legs. They started training a couple of weeks before us and they didn’t have so many players like we did in the Copa America and the Euros.
“So basically they only have two or three players out, they have the whole team working together for about a month and I repeat they have played five matches. So I expect to see two teams in different moments of their preparation, but it is good for us because it is more of a challenge.
“We are not here in pre-season playing for points so if you don’t win then you don’t win. You try to have conditioning in the team and to know the players better. For example I want to see the different formations and different players in different positions with different combinations."