Jose Mourinho hit the headlines after his controversial press conference following Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Swansea on Sunday.
Instead of being delighted with the three points that ended a terrible week - where they drew at home to Burnley and lost to Fenerbahce - he decided to launch an attack on two of his players.
It wasn’t any of the United stars that took to the pitch at the Liberty Stadium but the pair that withdrew before the match.
As you probably know by now, we’re talking about Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling.
After the win, Mourinho said: “Smalling doesn't feel that he can play 100% with his pain. Shaw told me this morning that he was not able to play."
"For the team, you have to do anything.
"There is a difference between the brave, who want to play at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.
"If I were to speak with the many great football people of this team, they will say they played many times without being 100%.
"We have players on the pitch with problems. In every sport, how many times do you play and you're not 100%?”
Following the outburst, it’s been reported that both Smalling and Shaw have been taking pain-killing injections this season to make sure they’re fit enough to play for United. So it’s understandable that they may be disappointed with the comments from their manager.
But what do the fellow United teammates think of Mourinho’s treatment of Smalling and Shaw?
Well, according to The Sun, they have given Mourinho their full backing over the situation.
Senior players have accepted that the only way to succeed under the Special One is to accept his ruthless regime.
Mourinho has already exiled Bastian Schweinsteiger and seems reluctant to give the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and others a fair crack at the whip this season.
The fate of Smalling and Shaw remains to be seen but at least Mourinho can rely on the other players to have his back regarding the situation - even if the two players in question aren’t too happy with it.
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