BREAKING : Manchester United defender out for a month with broken toe


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been left humiliated by his choice to address Chris Smalling’s fitness after the defender was ruled out for more than a month with a broken Toe, according to reports by Daily Mail.

The Manchester United boss had previously questioned the mental strengths of defenders Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling in the post-match presentation in the result of his side’s 3-1 win at Swansea City.

“I have friends from other sports, playing at the highest level. How many times do they play when they are not 100 per cent?” he had said.

To Mourinho’s humiliation, however, tests on Smalling’s injury have revealed that the injured toe has two cracks, sending the England international on the sidelines for at least a month.

Mourinho requested the Manchester United defender to have two injections in his foot to get past the Premier League game against Chelsea on October 23 and the Portuguese depicted his effort as being phenomenal. However, Manchester United wound up losing the game 4-0 with Smalling experiencing harsh criticism for his shaky display at the back on the night.

The England defender has not played for United since then. Mourinho wanted to play Smalling at The Liberty Stadium however, the harm was creating such distress he couldn’t make an appearance.

Smalling will now miss around seven matches, including key Premier League installations against Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham and the League Cup quarter-last with West Ham if reports are believed to be true.

The injury couldn’t have come at such worse time for the Portuguese boss as Mourinho will be likewise without his £30million summer signing from Villarreal Eric Bailly who will be missing any matches for at least one more month with knee tendon injury.

Phil Jones has come back to give some cover, however Mourinho will look for quality for his squad during the January window, with Burnley’s Michael Keane and Southampton’s van Dijk leading the race.

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