Alan Shearer thinks Man United are lacking warriors

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Manchester United got back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon with a comfortable 3-1 victory over a struggling Swansea side.

Despite using a largely makeshift defence, goals from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were enough to ease the pressure on Jose Mourinho following a tricky spell of form.

After the game, the Man United boss aimed a slight dig at Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, who both pulled out of playing in Wales due to not feeling 100% fit.

“We have players with problems but we have on the pitch players with problems,” Mourinho said, as per the Mirror.

“I know in other sports - at the highest level - how many times you play and you are not 100 per cent.

“I have a friend who is a big tennis player and he remembers more the times he played with pain than the times he played without any pain.

“To compete you have to go to the limits. It's a cultural thing for some. That is not my culture.”

Smalling and Shaw's absences meant that Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian were given the nod and considering their lack of playing time this season, performed admirably.

But BBC pundit Alan Shearer thinks the 'unfit' duo's decision not to play highlights a much bigger issue within the dressing room at Old Trafford.

The former Newcastle striker sided with Mourinho's comments and picked out the big difference between the Chelsea team he led to glory in 2005 and his current set of players.

"In my experience, very rarely are you ever 100 per cent fit when you go out onto the pitch to play," Shearer said, speaking on Match of the Day 2.

"Whether you take anti-inflammatories or whatever, very rarely are you 100 per cent.

"When [Mourinho] was at Chelsea the first time he had warriors - [Didier] Drogba, [Frank] Lampard, [John] Terry, [Claude] Makelele, [Petr] Cech, all of these guys you would never question.

"And he is becoming more and more vocal, Mourinho, in digging out his players in public, which was very rare during that time at Chelsea."

Even Man United fans may have to accept there could be some truth behind Shearer's criticism.

It only needs a glance at the Red Devils' team sheet yesterday to notice a deficiency in natural leaders.

The days of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville dragging the team through tricky matches have long gone and Mourinho will need to improve the mindset - as well as the performances - of his big stars for United to have any chance of success this term.

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