Jose Mourinho has put some blame on the national coaches of Belgium, Scotland, Portugal and Chile for Manchester United’s current injury problems.
The embattled United manager suggested several of his players were struggling with fitness issues going into their first game after the recent international break, a 2-2 Premier League draw at Chelsea last Saturday.
Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Portugal right-back Diogo Dalot, Scotland’s Scott McTominay and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez all returned from international duty carrying knocks.
Mou’s frustration was however intensified by a claim the coaches of those countries did not keep him in the loop as to what was going on.
“All of them (who missed Tuesday’s Champions League 1-0 loss to Juventus) were in their national teams,” said Mourinho in his press conference ahead of Sunday’s home Premier League clash with Everton.
“We played against Newcastle and we went into the national team period in a good situation.
“Then after two weeks, we lost Dalot in Portugal, we lost Fellaini in Belgium, we lost Alexis in Chile, we lost McTominay with Scotland.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho has no intention of trying to re-sign LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic to ease his injury problems.
The legendary Swede has suggested he might return to the Premier League at the age of 37 but Mourinho answered a straight ‘no’, when asked if he would consider the move.
This means Romelu Lukaku will continue to lead the attack on Sunday, despite Mourinho’s admission the striker is short of confidence after a run of eight games without a goal for his club.
“One day he will score, and one day his confidence levels will be back to normal, which really they are not there,” he said.