Man Utd Stars Backing Mourinho As He Is Determined To Axe Shaw & Smalling After Bust-Up
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho slammed Shaw and Smalling after claiming that they refused to play in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Swansea City.
The Portuguese had launched a stinging attack on English defenders Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling after they refused play against Swansea clash through the pain barrier and Mourinho accused them of betrying ‘United’s culture.’
Man Utd thrashed Swansea City 3-1 and all thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brace and Pogba’s opener from a thunderous volley.
Manchester United have made a disappointing start under their new manager but now the players have backed Mourinho after his bust-up with Chris Smalling and Like Shaw. The senior players have realised the hard core truth that if they have to succeed under their new boss – the only way out is to obey his orders.
Mourinho, who had to serve a one-match touchline ban after a verbal tussle with ref Mark Clattenburg last week, came down hard on Smalling and Shaw.
Earlier, Mourinho said: “I have a friend who is a big tennis player and he tells me when he remembered more the times he plays with pain than the times he plays without pain.”
“To compete you have to go to the limit. It is cultural for some – and the is not my culture. More than me, it is Man United.”
“We have players with ‘problems’. At every sport – and I know because I have friends in others sports and they play at the highest level in their sport, and how many times they play when you are not 100 per cent.”
Mourinho has denied to soften his stance on the two English defenders and delivered a similar message to all his players to all his players, and it is now believed that Shaw and Smalling would face an uphill task to make it up to their angry boss.
And now a source close the club, said: “Jose had quite a few strong things to say. It left the players with the impression that they might be struggling.”
Mourinho was not happy with Luke Shaw after the full-back told the Portuguese manager that he was not fit enough to play at Swansea on the morning of the match day.
Chris Smalling, who had been dropped after the 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Chelsea, also informed the Special One that he could not play through the pain.
The pair will hope to have a clear-the-air meeting with Mourinho during the international break but with the boss looking to rebuild his defence, they could be forced to seek a move in the January transfer window.
It is believed that the United duo would try to resolve matters with their boss during the international break but Mourinho is looking forward to reshuffle his defence. And now it is believed that they are set for a move away from Old Trafford this January.