As United win­less run ends, Mour­inho turns on ab­sent play­ers

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Even af­ter Manch­ester United’s four-match win­less run in the Pre­mier League ended, Jose Mour­inho wasn’t happy - turn­ing on play­ers who missed Sun­day’s 3-1 vic­tory at Swansea.

“There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a lit­tle pain can make a dif­fer­ence,” Mour­inho said.

“We have play­ers with prob­lems,” he added. “I have friends in other sports and they play at the high­est level at other sports, and how many times do they play when not 100 per cent? I have a friend that is a big ten­nis player. He tells me he re­mem­bers more the time he plays with pain than the time he plays with­out any pain and that’s what I mean. To com­pete you have to go to the limit.”

Asked about play­ers not be­ing pre­pared to play through pain, Mour­inho replied: “It’s a cul­tural thing for some. That’s not my cul­ture.”

Mour­inho didn’t name the play­ers he was aim­ing his com­ments at but he had dis­cussed two ahead of the game in south Wales where Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic’s dou­ble and Paul Pogba’s vol­ley se­cured the win.

“Chris Smalling doesn’t feel he can play 100 per cent with his pain and Luke Shaw this morn­ing told me he was not in con­di­tion to play,” Mour­inho said.

United is sixth, three points be­hind Tot­ten­ham, which drew 1-1 at Arse­nal.

Mean­while, Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic’s sec­ond goal was the 25,000th goal since the Pre­mier League’s in­cep­tion in 2012 and the 400th of his ca­reer - end­ing a goal drought in the league which stretched back over 10 hours.

“I’ve been a bit un­lucky in re­cent games but it’s just work­ing hard and it comes,” the 35-yearold Swede said.

Ibrahi­movic only had to wait un­til the 33rd minute for his next goal with Rooney again the provider, the Swede pow­er­ing through An­gel Ran­gel’s timid tackle to fire high past Fabi­an­ski.

Man U. man­ager Jose Mour­inho Photo: AP

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