Mourinho Criticized Me Without Facts – Smalling - 4 years ago

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, has responded to Jose Mourinho’s comments about his desite to play while not 100% fit, saying the United manager spoke before knowing the full extent of his injuries. Smalling suffered a stop-start season at Old Trafford last term, missing large chunks of a campaign in which United played 64 games. Mourinho then accused him, as well as teammates Phil Jones and Luke Shaw, of not being brave enough. Speaking ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday, Smalling said: “Obviously he didn’t know the full extent [of the injuries] at that time. “You just keep playing until literally, physically, you can’t, and that was the story. But I don’t think he knew the full picture then, and once it was cleared up it was all good. “To be honest, I don’t think any player is ever 100 percent. There’s always something. It’s about going on the pitch and doing a job. We’re always managing things.” In April, speaking after United had beaten Anderlecht in the Europa League quarterfinal, Mourinho said: “It’s time for Jones and Smalling to be brave, because for the team you have to do everything. You can’t do miracles, but you have to try to do everything to accelerate the process.”

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