Jose Mourinho has moved to explain Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s omission from Manchester United’s tour of China.
Summer signings Mkhitaryan and Bailly are with Mourinho as United undertake a short pre-season tour in a country where they claim to have more than 100 million supporters.
The only new recruit not to travel to Shanghai was Ibrahimovic, who was left out of the 25-man squad despite Sweden’s group-stage exit at Euro 2016.
“Look, the best suits are the suits by measure, right?” Mourinho said when asked about Ibrahimovic’s absence.
“They should be better suits by measure rather than going to a shop and just buying a size that may fit you well or not so well.
“I do the same for the players. There are not two players the same so my decision with Zlatan is a consequence of many hours of study, of analysis, of discussion with my staff.
“In spite of being out of the Euros one match before the English guys, everything is different. The body is different, the mind is different, the personality, the time he needs to adapt, time he needs holidays.
“Even things that you probably don’t know and don’t have to know, which is to prepare in a different way. So at the training level we try to do suits by my measure: perfect for the person.
“The way I am trying to build the team, it is more important for me that (I work with) the players from other positions than the one I think that is going to play as the striker.
“I need to change the profile of this team in relation to other dynamics and the striker will be the easy one to finish the puzzle.”