Jose Mourinho's private warning to entire Manchester Utd squad

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Jose Mourinho has made headlines over the past week or so for publicly calling out certain members of the Manchester United squad.

The former Chelsea boss, without naming either player by name, questioned why Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw weren't willing to play through the pain in United's recent fixture against Swansea City. 

There has been significant backlash to his comments and Shaw himself was reportedly "baffled" by his second public dressing down of the season. But it doesn't look like Mourinho is going to back down. 

Indeed, according to a report from the Mirror, the Portuguese manager has instead simply doubled down and taken his message about sacrificing everything to succeed to the entire Old Trafford squad.

Seemingly spurred on by his frustration at both Smalling and Shaw's unwillingness to risk aggravating injuries against Swansea, the report notes:

"In addition to publicly calling them out when he told them to “man up”, (Mourinho's) simple private message was that if they want to enjoy the good times and success at the club then they have to stick with him through the bad times."

If the Red Devils squad had hoped Mourinho would be a bit more lenient in light of Players' union chief executive Gordon Taylor slamming his comments about Smalling and Shaw, they were clearly mistaken.

Despite their 3-1 win over Swansea last weekend, United are still in the midst of a disappointing run that has seen their Europe League campaign crumble and Premier League aspirations take several hits with poor displays against the likes of Chelsea and Burnley.

Furious with the number of injuries he has had to deal with since taking the job, Mourinho appears determined to drill into his players that he expects them to put their body on the line if things are to improve.


Just how the first-team players respond to their manager's private warning, only time will tell.

However, again per the Mirror, Mourinho is thought to believe he still retains the support of his players.

And, whilst he has laid down the law both publicly and privately, it is also believed that much of his frustration has now turned towards the Old Trafford club's medical staff.

Per the BBC, Mourinho is seeking a complete overhaul of that side of the club, as well as taking a keen interest in everything from the sports science and travel arrangements currently in place.

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