Chris Smalling defends Mourinho after water bottle reaction in Young Boys victory


Joes Mourinho's immediate reaction to Marouane Fellaini's last ditch effort against Young Boys was plain to see. 

In what is already a viral video clip, the Portuguese manager picked up a carrier of various water bottles and smashed it on the ground, in an act that exuded a combination of frustration and relief.

However the 'Special One' was feeling, social media appeared to lap it up, mocking the outlandish celebration after United limped over the line against the Swiss minnows. 

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling - who played 90 minutes on Tuesday evening - has spoken out over Mourinho's demeanor in the dressing room after the match.

When asked on the situation, Smalling claimed that Mourinho cut a completely different figure in their post-match team talk, only speaking positively about his manager.

Smalling defends Mourinho in water bottle celebration aftermath

"He was happy because we got what we wanted,"he said.

"We would have liked to have scored a couple more goals. At the end of the day, it's winning and qualifying."


These comments should come as no surprise, as Mourinho's reputation has always been to sacrifice a good performance for a good result. 

This is exactly what happened, despite leaving the winning goal until stoppage time. Bad performances aside, United are still through to the knockout phase with a game to spare.


 A contributing factor to United's poor form could be the constant chopping and changing of the Red Devil's centre back partnership.

Smalling partnered up with Phil Jones against Young Boys after an injury to Victor Lindelof.

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Mourinho has made it very clear that he is looking for another centre back, especially after failing to sign anyone in the summer.

The England international has admitted that the lack of regementation has made it difficult.

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"It's not ideal," he said.

"I think you can see when you have a consistent partnership you can see there is less chances being given away.

"It is what it is and it's something that we get used to and we're used to playing with each other in training."


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