Report: Mourinho wants review of Man United medical team

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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.

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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…

Chelsea, Mourinho settle case brought by dismissed doctor Carneiro

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Chelsea FC and Dr. Eva Carneiro have settled their case regarding her treatment by the club under now-fired manager Jose Mourinho.

Both sides released statements.

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Chelsea’s reads with glowing praise of Carneiro, while the doctor’s comments don’t mention Chelsea or Mourinho by name at all:

“I am relieved that today we have been able to conclude this tribunal case. It has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for me and my family and I now look forward to moving forward with my life.

“My priority has always been the health and safety of the players and fulfilling my duty of care as a doctor. In running onto the pitch to treat a player, who requested medical attention, I was following the rules of the game and fulfilling my medical responsibilities.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me including my husband, family and friends and members of the football community.”

Crystal Palace in talks to sign Newcastle winger Andros Townsend

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Andros Townsend has moved quite often throughout his career, and he could be on the move again this summer.

After being relegated with Newcastle last season, Crystal Palace are reportedly in talks to bring Townsend back to the Premier League by triggering his $15 million release clause.

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Still just 24-years-old, Townsend has already played for 11 different clubs in England. After coming up through the Tottenham youth system, the winger went on nine loan spells before breaking into the Spurs’ first team in 2013. However, a spat with a trainer during practice led to his dismissal last season, eventually being sold to Newcastle in the January transfer window.

Townsend was included in England’s provisional roster for EURO 2016, but was one of the last players cut when manager Roy Hodgson chose the final 23-man squad.

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The speedy winger scored four goals in 13 appearances for Newcastle last season, including the game-winner against Crystal Palace in late April. It is reported that Palace would be willing to pay Townsend weekly wages of more than $100,000 to secure a move to Selhurst Park.

Townsend would be a huge boost to a Crystal Palace attack that scored just 39 goals in 38 Premier League matches last season. With Townsend on one wing and Yannick Bolasie on the other, Palace could cause matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.

Mourinho could face grilling over conduct toward Dr. Eva Carneiro

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LONDON (AP) Jose Mourinho could face questions at an employment tribunal about his treatment of a club doctor while he worked at Chelsea.

Eva Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal by Chelsea, separate from her legal action against Mourinho. The Portuguese coach was fired by the club in December, four months after his public outburst against the medical staff.

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Mourinho, now the manager at Manchester United, will have to appear at the Croydon Employment Tribunal in south London within the next two weeks, unless a settlement is reached.

Carneiro’s attorney, Mary O’Rourke, says cross-examining Mourinho will take at least a day.

Carneiro was criticized by Mourinho on the first day of last season for rushing on to the field to treat Eden Hazard.

Jose Mourinho set for talks with Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho is closing in on taking over at Manchester United.

Multiple reports claim Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, will meet with United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and other representatives in London on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Louis Van Gaal left the Red Devils.

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It is believed that a deal may be struck on Tuesday but confirmation of Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford will not come until later this week, perhaps within the next 48 hours.

Late on Monday it was confirmed that Van Gaal was fired by United after two seasons in charge which saw them finish in fourth-place and fifth-place in the Premier League. Just two days after securing the FA Cup at Wembley — United’s first trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013 — LVG was gone.

Van Gaal’s Dutch coaching staff also departed but mystery over the future of United legend Ryan Giggs remains. Giggs, 42, was LVG’s assistant but now seems set to be overlooked for the second time in the last three years when it comes to being handed the job permanently. Will he stay on and accept a lesser role on United’s coaching staff if Mourinho rolls up?

All the focus is now on the future and that next step and Mourinho arriving seems inevitable, as well the most logical and best available option.

Is it a risk? Of course it is.

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Mourinho, 53, was fired by Chelsea last December, just seven months after delivering a third PL title for the Blues. Their title defense was woeful and Mourinho left them one point above the relegation zone as his off-field antics — the Eva Carneiro situation, cryptic post-game press conferences and public condemnation of his star players — saw Chelsea rapidly unravel at the seams.

However, he is a born winner and has delivered trophies wherever he has managed.

He’s won two UEFA Champions League titles, three PL trophies, two Serie A’s, a La Liga crown and two Portuguese titles. He is a trophy machine and everything points to him delivering short-term success at United.

For the long-term, he may not align fully with their philosophy and ideology of promoting youth and being a proponent of sportsmanship and fair play, yet Mourinho is a winner and he gets the job done whatever way he can. Right now, that’s exactly what United need.

This is not the perfect fit but it is a necessary one as one of the most powerful and wealthy clubs on the planet looks to get back to winning where it matters most: on the pitch.