THE SPECIAL ONE: Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho: – I am totally against it!


31. mars 2017


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is «totally against» international friendlies following injuries to key central defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on England duty.

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Mourinho expects to be without five first-team players against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, including the injured Paul Pogba and suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

«I am totally against the friendly matches,» Mourinho told Sky Sports, after Jones had to withdraw from the England squad with a toe injury suffered in a training ground clash with Smalling, who pulled out after sustaining a leg injury in the Germany friendly.

Both defenders missed England’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania, leading Mourinho to question the need for friendlies during the season.