PFA urge Mou to show more em­pa­thy with aces

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

LON­DON / The Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers’ As­so­ci­a­tion has voiced con­cerns over Jose Mour­inho’s crit­i­cism of Manch­ester United de­fend­ers Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, urg­ing the man­ager to show more em­pa­thy to­wards play­ers with “per­sonal prob­lems”.

Mour­inho con­demned Shaw and Smalling over the pair’s ap­par­ent un­will­ing­ness to play through the pain bar­rier in Sun­day’s Premier League win over Swansea City, say­ing they were not “brave” enough to fea­ture.

“I was dis­ap­pointed by that be­cause, know­ing the in­di­vid­u­als, they are both highly thought of. They’ve got per­sonal prob­lems which I don’t need to re­lay,” PFA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Gor­don Tay­lor told Sky Sports.

“Some­times a man­ager needs to be a psy­chol­o­gist as well, and also to be a coun­sel­lor be­cause you can’t treat ev­ery­body in the team (the same), ev­ery man­ager must know that. Ev­ery player in a team is dif­fer­ent.”

Smalling has missed sev­eral United matches with a foot in­jury but took a pain-killing in­jec­tion to play against Chelsea last month, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish me­dia re­ports.

Shaw, who re­cently re­turned fol­low­ing a 10-month in­jury lay­off, has had a mixed start to the cam­paign and lost his place in the start­ing line-up af­ter Mour­inho pub­licly crit­i­cised the 21-year-old fol­low­ing United’s loss at Wat­ford in Septem­ber.

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