Jose Mourinho has taken a dig at the Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, as he fears they don’t have the right state of mind to fight above their limits.
After four-match winless streak in the Premier League, Mourinho’s army eased past Swansea 3-1 on Sunday thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The gaffer was forced to utilize a new defensive pair for the outing to Liberty Stadium, because of late withdrawals of Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, while Daley Blind was just sufficiently fit for the bench.
Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, and Matteo Darmian started the game as the back four for Manchester United, and Mourinho had a few words for players who declared themselves unfit on the weekend.
The Portuguese boss blatantly questioned the attitude and mental strength of both the players, “There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.
“If I were to speak with the many great football people of this team, they will say many times they played without being 100 percent. For the team.
“Of course, it is not just the players, it is the players and the people that surround the players. Yes, it takes time, but with the help of people like Phil Jones, who was playing without having even trained, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney, with these people it will not be an impossible mission but a possible mission,” he said.
But the special one suggested the players believe in him and he believes in the players and if Manchester United are to challenge for major honors the players have to step up from their fragile mentality and comfort zone and fight till their limits.
“To compete you have to go to the limits. It is a cultural thing for some. That is not my culture,” the new boss commented.
To change one’s entire attitude is not an overnight job and Mourinho has added a crucial touch of realism in the squad it seems. He might have struggled to keep his emotions in check at times but the Red Devils need the fire and passion restored into them and the Portuguese can definitely be the man to do it.
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