Mourinho has damaged Man Utd players with public criticism, says Arsenal legend

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will have caused damage by publicly shaming Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling for missing the Swansea game, according to Martin Keown.


The former Arsenal defender believes managers need to trust their players to know their own bodies and fitness levels, following an ongoing debate after the defensive duo angered Mourinho by deeming themselves not fit enough to play on Sunday.

United went on to win the game anyway, and Keown feels it was unnecessary of Mourinho to create unwanted attention and negativity by deciding to go public over disagreements that took place behind closed doors.

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‘You have to trust your players to manage their own bodies. If you don’t allow the player to make that decision then you lose trust,’ Keown told the Daily Mail.

‘If a manager had fronted me up publicly, I’d be knocking on his door and saying, ‘How dare you question me in public’. I’ve judged that I can’t play with that injury.

‘Mourinho’s comments may have been down to timing. If the players trained the day before and weren’t brave enough to pull out earlier, they could have left the manager in a tight spot by withdrawing before the game.

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‘But Manchester United won the game comfortably and all Mourinho has done is create damage. This would have been better to keep in-house. There is no need to air your dirty laundry in public.’

2 thoughts on “Mourinho has damaged Man Utd players with public criticism, says Arsenal legend

  1. Mourinho already giving Man Utd a Chelsea treat. He should learn from dressing room politics that ousted him from London. Do not tread the same path.

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