Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has today revealed how he tried to keep two of United’s recent departures at the club, only for the will of the players themselves to render him powerless.
Following Thursday’s disappointing performance versus Manchester rivals City, one area of the United team in particular was dissected as being in dire straits throughout the 90 minutes.
To put it bluntly, Mourinho’s midfield was a disaster. It lacked legs and guile and, even with the excuse of Paul Pogba being unavailable, the Old Trafford side looked completely inept at both keeping and repossessing the ball.
With Marouane Fellaini having picked up a needless suspension, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera now stand as Mourinho’s only two central midfield options.
After questions surrounding transfer policy, the Portuguese tactician today spoke on the subject of the recent midfield departures from his squad, as both Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger would obviously have been of great value to his side in their current state.
According to The Sun, Mourinho said:
‘To have lots of players without playing is something that the players don’t want.
‘We didn’t tell Morgan, ‘We want to sell you’, Morgan asked and said, ‘Please sell me, I want to go and play every game.’ So sometimes there is always this dilemma of keep a bigger squad, but then the players don’t want to stay.’
‘Even the younger players, when they are not playing, they ask to leave, so it’s very hard and we arrive in an extreme situation where, I think it must be unique in football, where we have two cruciate ligaments in the same match. In my career I had one in 17 years. One cruciate in 17 years. And now, against Anderlecht, I have two. In one match.’
The Red Devils will take on Swansea at Old Trafford from noon tomorrow.