Jose Mourinho has praised the response of Manchester United’s fringe players after being left out of match day squads and said he would not push anybody of the club.
However, the renaissance of Bastian Schweinsteiger has shown players that opportunities can be gained through hard work and that determination is something Mourinho has clearly been impressed by.
“I will not push anyone because nobody deserves that,” Mourinho said.
“The way they work, they don’t deserve that.
“On Wednesday I was in my hotel and my assistants came here to train the group of five who were not selected and stayed here. They told me what I expected — amazing effort, amazing commitment, amazing professionalism.
“It hurts me not to select them, so you see that sometimes I do a little bit of rotation. One day I play one, another day I leave one at home, then put one on the bench.
“Nobody deserves to be pushed, for me to say ‘it’s better for you to leave.'”
Mourinho’s management style has caused plenty of clashes over his career but as far as I am concerned it’s working at United. It’s helping re-build the core of a club which has been rotten since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and unfortunately for some it has left them out in the cold.
That being said, from Mourinho’s comments it’s good to see that the players are taking that period in the dark as an opportunity to work even harder to graft themselves a fresh chance. That’s what Mourinho will be looking for and is the only reason we’ve seen Schweinsteiger come back into the team. Jose wants a team of fighters and this is his way of testing those players he doesn’t see as crucial to his United side.
It won’t work out for every player, some will get overly frustrated and ask to leave but here’s hoping everybody can continue knuckling down and come out the other side a better player having had the experience of being frozen out because they all simply want to play football. If the only way they get that is hard work, they’ll continue that going forward for the rest of the season.