Jose Mourinho has explained why he started Chris Smalling ahead of Eric Bailly in Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace as the Ivorian has been overworked recently.
He started United’s victory against Southampton in the Premier League last weekend and also played a part in the midweek Champions League success against CSKA Moscow.
However, he as named on the substitutes bench for the clash at Old Trafford with Mourinho confirming he doesn’t want Bailly to suffer an injury by playing too many games in a short space of time.
“I trust everyone. Smalling is the second game in three days. For Bailly it would be the third game in six,” he said.
Bailly has been a vital player for United and we’d rather him miss one game against Crystal Palace than a few games down the line with an injury.
Jones was a doubt before Saturday’s match as he did not travel to Russia earlier this week but he’ll be a strong back up after producing a strong performance in Moscow.
Smalling has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford but has recently played, showcasing he still has what it takes to get the job done.