Mourinho and Jones.

Jose Mourinho reacts angrily to how Phil Jones was treated on England duty

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Manchester United's terrible away record away against the Premier League's big boys continued before the international break with the 1-0 loss at Chelsea.

That result leaves United eight points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, but the Red Devils have had to cope with a number of injuries so far this term.

Marcos Rojo, captain Michael Carrick, club-record signing Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been long-term absentees, and now Phil Jones has joined them on the sidelines.


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The centre-back was forced off in the 25th-minute of England's 0-0 draw with Germany last week, and Jose Mourinho says that he will miss Saturday's clash against Newcastle.

In addition to confirming that news, the angry Man United manager has lashed out at England over their treatment of the 25-year-old during the international break.

Why is Mourinho so angry?

Jones, described by Gareth Southgate as "England's best defender" in September,  joined up with the squad despite the fact that he was nursing a thigh injury he'd had for weeks.

England v Germany - International Friendly

Mourinho is fuming because he feels that everyone, including England's coaching staff, were aware of Jones' situation, and hence there was no reason to risk aggravating the injury by starting him in what was only a friendly.

The United boss is adamant that Jones shouldn't have played, declaring, via The Mirror: "I don’t think it is possible for a player with a problem to play in a friendly.

“Of course, Phil Jones had a problem. He was having a problem for three weeks, he’s having problems that are stopping him to play for his club.

"And then he plays for his club in extreme conditions (United's final match before the international break), because it’s a big match against Chelsea."

Chelsea v Manchester United - Premier League

Mourinho continued: “And then he goes to the national team and he comes home with an ongoing injury that everyone knows is an ongoing injury.”

Who else is Mourinho angry with?

Despite his anger towards England, Mourinho has also hit out at other Premier League clubs, saying: "You have always some clubs where their players, they always have something.

“It could be a fingernail, he has a little flu, he has a problem with the little toe, and they withdraw, and they stay with their clubs and they have their holidays and they have their rest.


“Then, there are always the clubs where the mangers are naive (referencing himself), too pure and they say you have to go and they go and sometimes they pay the price.

“I want to see this next weekend if the players that were not going to the national team, I want to see if they are going to play. Drinkwater? Delph? The only one that is not playing is Phil Jones.”

You can certainly understand Mourinho's anger when you consider that the Spurs trio of Harry Winks, Dele Alli and Harry Kane all withdrew from the squad, as did Man City pair Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling.


After limping out of the draw with Germany, Man United fans will hope that Jones recovers from injury soon, with one eye already on the upcoming hectic festive period.

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