Submitted by admin on Sun, 12/24/2017 - 20:22
It was such a simple problem to fix that when the final ball came into Manchester United’s box, in the fourth minute of time added on at the end of the game, it was extraordinary that Chris Smalling, wincing, immobile and in discomfort was supposed to be holding together the defence.
On the touchline, Jose Mourinho later said that he saw catastrophe approaching and tried his best to avert it, calling over Ashley Young to pass on instructions that presumably involved getting Smalling as far away from danger as possible. But when Harry Maguire came rumbling in at the back post to meet Marc Albrighton’s cross it was still Smalling who was the man in position to stop him when really the United centre-half should have been halfway up the pitch.
With the players having failed to interpret his instructions correctly, and two more points dropped in the gap to the Premier League leaders Manchester City, Mourinho took the last well-honed option available to him: he blamed his players in spectacular fashion.
His post-match excoriation of them for being “childish” and having a “lack of maturity” was not on the scale of the attack on his Chelsea players at the King Power two years earlier, but it was not that far off. He may yet have a point that any team which does not know that an injured centre-half is a hostage to fortune is not one that can be trusted, but even so these public admonishments have become a feature of this stage of his career.
read more on telegraph.co.uk..
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