Manchester United players are running more with smartphones these days than their training sessions! No, don’t get shocked! As per reports from several dailies, they are spending a lot of time catching virtual Pokemons since the launch of the newly invented Pokemon Go game.

New Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly been worried with his boys’ obsession and loss of concentration due to the newly invented smartphone game which has become a worldwide sensation since its official launch in early July. He now has banned his players from using Pokemon Go and ordered them to leave their phones at home before the high-voltage Manchester derby on Monday in Beijing for the International Champions Cup.

It might be a pre-season friendly fixture, but the clash between Manchester clubs as well as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola might not be concluded in a friendly manner. Both the teams will play for the victory and the situation might heat up at any moment as per our previous experiences.

Mourinho, who suffered a 4-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in United’s last fixture, is desperate to win this game and demanding his players to stop catching Pokemons and concentrating in the upcoming fixture.

The game is an interesting concept where one can travel across the globe keeping his GPS on and he can capture the fictional creatures from sensational Japanese classic – Pikachu to Charmender, Chikorita to Bulbasur. Its basically a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game which has created a lot of excitement across the world in recent weeks. Funny and bizarre incidents are occurring one after another and this Manchester United story is certainly the latest addition to that list.

As quoted in the Daily Star, a source close to the club said:

“Jose loves having a great relationship with his players and staff, and thinks it’s great for them to chill and relax away from training and games.

“He’s still finding his way around Old Trafford and treading carefully.

“The only thing he has picked up on which he’s told the lads of is his concern about Pokémon.

“He says for 48 hours before a match he wants the guys to leave it alone and concentrate on the tactics he and his staff have been working on in the days before.”

The Special One might have to bring some special protocols in coming days to stop this permanently. Hope he himself does not get addicted to it!

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