Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stated after the 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday that he only wants players who are willing to “put their bodies on the line” for the team.
United picked up a comfortable win over the Swans after a goal by Paul Pogba and a brace by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Prior to the match, Mourinho revealed that Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling were missing from the team as they weren’t fit enough to play.
“Smalling doesn’t feel that he can play 100 percent with his pain,” Mourinho said.
“Luke Shaw told me this morning that he was not in the condition to play so we had to build a defensive line.”
After the match, the Portuguese manager, without naming names, said he only wants players who are willing to “put their bodies on the line” in the team.
“There is a difference between the brave that will be there at any cost and the ones that a little pain can make a difference,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“Great football people – great sportspeople – many, many times play without being 100 percent. For the team you have to do anything – that’s my way of saying. If one day I meet the big ones [players] of this club who have had great success – for sure, they are going to tell me that many times they put their bodies on the line even with pains everywhere.
“It’s not just the players but it’s the people that surround the players. It will take time to change [the mentality] but with the help of players like Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney, it will be a possible mission.”