London - Manchester
United manager Jose Mourinho expressed surprise on Tuesday at the
three-match ban that UEFA handed defender Eric Bailly on Monday.
Bailly was sent off for violent conduct in the second leg of United's
Europa League semi-final victory over Celta Vigo in May for his part in a
melee in the final minutes of a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
suspended for the 2-0 win over Ajax in the final, but will now also miss
a further two games - including the August 8 European Super Cup clash
against Champions League winners Real in Skopje, Macedonia.
was a red card in a semi-final, I think the punishment of not to play
the final is enough, it's a big punishment not to play the final, and I
say that normally he would deserve a clean sheet and start the next
season with a clean sheet and ready to play the Super Cup," Mourinho
"But now he's an important player for us who is not able to
play the Super Cup and the first match of the Champions League group
phase but not to play the Europa League final and the Super Cup is very,
Mourinho was speaking to reporters in Washington,
where Manchester United take on Barcelona on Wednesday in the
International Champions Cup friendly tournament.
Transfer news -
particularly frenzied speculation over the possible departure of Neymar
to Paris Saint-Germain - has dominated Barcelona's swing through North
Mourinho, whose side have recently signed Victor Lindelof
and Romelu Lukaku, said he still has some modest transfer goals, saying
he'd like to add a midfielder and a winger.
Mourinho declined to name any targets, and admitted he might only get one new addition.
Woodward is in control," Mourinho said. "He did Lindelof and Lukaku. He
knows that I would like two more players but he also knows that I have
balance, I understand the situation, I understand the market and if my
club is not able to do two players and just one then I will accept that
as a consequence of the market now.
"Our relationship is good and
I just wait for good news. For me, good news is to have the players, or
in this case maybe just the player, as soon as possible to work
together with the team as that is important."