Jose Mourinho explains why he’s grateful to Juan Mata at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones following the 0-0 draw with Swansea City.

The pair have been ruled out at Old Trafford with injuries, but have been continuously criticised by the Portuguese boss for not offering their services during the club’s current injury crisis.

He claimed earlier in the season when Marcos Rojo was injured that they should be braver and play, but he was not prepared to talk about their situation after Eric Bailly pulled up with a problem against Swansea.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho hinted the pair should be like Mata, who is giving everything to make himself available.

“I prefer not to speak about Phil Jones and Chris Smalling,” he said.

“I prefer to speak about Juan Mata giving everything to be available. I am grateful for that.

“We will give everything on Thursday. That is sure. Whether we go to the final or not doesn’t matter, I am really happy with the guys.”

It was a poor performance from United against Swansea as the squad looked tired, and with no players to rotate, the problem will continue when United face Celta Vigo in the Europa League Semi-final on Thursday.

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