Jose Mourinho has dropped another hint suggesting Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sign a new deal at Manchester United and return for the second-half of the season. And on the third time, I don't think you can say "no" three times to such a club.
Whilst United were not totally outclassed they were very much second-best and Mourinho accepted this after the game, pointing to the gulf in the quality of players. "I want to help my team and hopefully we can achieve a lot this season".
'I think it would be very bad for us to leave the USA without a defeat.
In the eyes of Mourinho, only Frenchman Paul Pogba in the United squad "showed that he had this level".
"Our relation is good and I just wait for good news - and he knows that for me good news is to have the players, or in this case maybe just the player as soon as possible because to work together with the team is really, really important".
United lost 1-0 to Barca in a friendly on Thursday morning, and Mourinho was full of praise for the Catalan club's superstars afterwards.
"When I arrived it was not just about developing a football team to try to stop that domination, but to also develop everything around the team and in that respect I can see similarities in terms of the difficulties and similarities in terms of the dimension of my job".
"To be honest, with the club [Madrid]'s structure, they wanted me to stay, they didn't want me to leave".
"One midfield player would give me more options".
"And as an opponent on the bench, like I am, it is lovely to see their relation with the ball but one of my players today - Paul Pogba - showed the level and he belongs to that level".
"In fact, I nearly had to beg to let them let me go".
The defender was suspended for United's Europa League final win over Ajax last season for his red card against Celta Vigo in the semi-final, and has had his ban extended by Uefa.
"We can not have them".
Questions over the Portuguese's happiness were raised during his first campaign at Old Trafford, yet he feels even more enthused and motivated than when leading Porto to their shock Champions League triumph in 2004.