EPL 2016/17: Luke Shaw baffled by Jose Mourinho's comments after Swansea game
The England international informed Mourinho of his unavailability for the away trip to Swansea City to contain the damage of the injury. The Guardian have reported that Shaw is training alone at Carrington, and we will have to wait and see if he will be selected to play against Arsenal after the international break.
Shaw returned to action from a lengthy spell on the sidelines just this season. Mourinho, surprisingly, criticised Shaw and Smalling after the win against Swansea City.
"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 per cent. 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 some 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."
The Manchester United manager also went on to warn the rest of the players, as he thinks they need to inculcate a similar mindset and ideology if they are to stay and fight for a place at Manchester United.
He said that players need to put their bodies on the line knowing they always risk carrying niggling injuries but have to fight through them for the team.
Mourinho singled out Phil Jones as the type of character United require. The English defender made a return to the United first team after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an injury. He was thrown right into the mix in the game against Swansea by Mourinho, who used the player’s story to set an example for the rest of the United squad, claiming he was brave to play the full ninety without training.
Manchester United next entertain Arsenal at Old Trafford, post the international break, with Mourinho having to make big calls for the game as he will be without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Manchester United currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League.