Jose Mourinho is reportedly unhappy with the medical team at Manchester United.
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In a report from the Times, it is claimed that Mourinho, 53, is upset with the number of injuries his players have been picking up and wants the club to “undertake a review” following an increase in the number of injuries his side is currently battling through.
After United’s 3-1 win at Swansea City on Sunday, Mourinho spoke openly about his players needing to toughen up as Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling were singled out for particular criticism as the new manager talked about playing through the pain when you aren’t 100 percent fit.
Per the report, here’s exactly why Mourinho is displeased about:
“The United manager has not singled out any individuals in the medical team, which is headed by the vastly experienced doctor Steve McNally, but is hugely frustrated at having lost players to injury for a combined total of 33 Premier League match days this season and is seeking improvements.”
With Shaw, Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly out in recent weeks, plus Zlatan Ibrahimovic to miss the game on Nov. 19 against Arsenal at Old Trafford through suspension, Mourinho is looking around and seeing numbers dwindling.
Of course, a review of the medical team, like most other departments under his leadership, will have been carried out this summer when he first arrived at Manchester United.
Yet, now that United’s season is in full flow, Mourinho isn’t happy with the amount of players carrying knocks and perhaps, more worryingly for him, the culture at the club where first team players hold their hands up and pull themselves out of games due to slight injuries.
Mourinho has undertaken a major overhaul of every facet of United. We already know he isn’t afraid to upset people and he isn’t about to stop that anytime soon with United in sixth-place in the Premier League, six points off the top spot and struggling in the Europa League.
We also know that the last time Mourinho got involved with the goings on of a medical team (Eva Carneiro ring a bell?) things went pear shaped very quickly at Chelsea…