Shearer backs Jose’s crit­i­cism of play­ers

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ALAN SHEARER HAS backed Jose Mour­inho’s crit­i­cism of Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling fol­low­ing the pair’s de­ci­sion to sit out of Manch­ester United’s 3-1 win at Swansea City on Sun­day.

Shearer, ap­pear­ing as a pun­dit on BBC’s Match of the Day 2, supported Mour­inho’s stance, and ar­gued that the Por­tuguese coach can no longer de­pend on his play­ers to be “war­riors”.

“In my ex­pe­ri­ence, very rarely are you ever 100% fit when you go out onto the pitch to play,” he said. “Whether you take anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries or what­ever, very rarely are you 100%.

“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.”

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