Jose Mourinho has said he might reconsider his approach to handling injured players as Manchester United prepare for their 12th match without Paul Pogba.
Pogba limped off with a hamstring injury in the first-half of United’s 3-0 Champions League win over Basel on September 12 and only returned to the club’s Carrington training complex to continue his rehabilitation last week. Mourinho said he is ‘pessimistic’ about Pogba’s possible return against Chelsea on Sunday and United could be without six players after Jesse Lingard succumbed to injury in the midweek victory against Benfica.
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MOURINHO WANTS MORE CREDIT
The Portuguese has been without Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for much of the season.
Despite their injuries, United currently sit second in the Premier League, five points behind their table-topping rivals Manchester City.
And Mourinho says he doesn’t moan as it would be disrespectful to the rest of his squad.
“You know, I think it’s my fault because I should cry every week about our injuries and remind everybody, day after day or press conference after press conference,” he said.
“It’s my way of dealing with problems. It’s my way of trying to motivate and respect and give confidence to the players that are going to replace those people.
‘It’s not just Pogba. It’s Fellaini, it’s Carrick, it’s Ibra, it’s Marcos Rojo, it’s a big group of players.
“So yes, I think we are doing very, very well. Very, very well.”
MOURINHO: I DON’T SPEAK ABOUT POGBA
Mourinho said “But maybe I have to reconsider my profile. I know that I moan with a lot of things, but I don’t do with the injuries and probably I should.
“I think any other manager would be speaking about Pogba every day. ‘Oh, I don’t have Pogba. Oh, when will I have Pogba?’
“‘Oh, 10 matches without Pogba. Oh, all the Champions League group phase without Pogba. Oh, all the big matches — against Liverpool against Chelsea, against Spurs — without Pogba. Oh.’
“I don’t speak about Pogba one single time. It’s only when you ask me about his situation.
United head to Chelsea this weekend sitting second in the Premier League table and on the verge of qualification for the round of 16 in the Champions League. But despite an encouraging start to the campaign, Mourinho has still faced criticism, particularly for his approach in games against Liverpool and Tottenham. Though six players of United squad is injured still they will be hoping for a better result against struggling Chelsea, and Antonio Conte would try to regain their form and return to the title race.