Jose Mourinho ripped into one Man Utd player twice after Chelsea defeat
Manchester United fans are still reeling from Sunday’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to Chelsea.
The fallout has continued today with a report in The Times claiming United players are ‘stunned’ by Jose Mourinho’s distant approach on the training ground.
Everybody seems to have an opinion on what’s going wrong at Old Trafford at the minute. United are by no means in turmoil, but one win in six Premier League games has left them six points adrift of the leaders.
It was a major surprise to see Mourinho’s team ripped apart with such ease against Chelsea. They were so resolute against Liverpool on Monday and were expected to frustrate the Blues by putting a wall in front of David de Gea, but United were 1-0 down inside 30 seconds.
Eden Hazard’s goal, which made it 3-0, ended the tie as a contest. United’s players had given up by the time N’Golo Kante waltzed through the defence to score his first Chelsea goal.
Mourinho barely reacted on the touchline. It turns out he was saving all his anger for the dressing room.
Mourinho 'tore into' Smalling
According to the Mirror, the Portuguese ripped into stand-in captain Chris Smalling twice - once at half-time, again at full-time - for his terrible performance.
Mourinho is said to have been “incensed” not just with Smalling’s poor display, but his lack of leadership, too.
At the other end of the pitch, the Man United boss was reportedly embarrassed that his team failed to score past Thibaut Courtois.
Zero out of 10
Smalling was given a rating of zero out of 10 by Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst.
“His worst performance in two years,” Luckhurt said. “Showed an appalling lack of judgement for the opener and overestimated Daley Blind's pace.”
Meanwhile, a video showing that the 26-year-old was at fault for each of Chelsea’s goals quickly surfaced.
So perhaps Mourinho was right to single out the former Fulham defender for criticism.
It’s only in the past couple of seasons that Smalling has shown why Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to Old Trafford in 2010. But he’ll be wanting to forget Sunday’s stinker as quickly as possible.
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