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  • Every Manchester United player Jose Mourinho has criticised this season REVEALED

    first_imgJose Mourinho hit out at Luke Shaw after the Manchester United defender was substituted after just eight minutes of the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw against Swansea.The England left-back went down with an injury, and required treatment before being taken off and replaced by Antonio Valencia.Mourinho did not seem convinced Shaw needed to leave the game, saying he was expecting to find ‘a very big injury’ to explain the 21-year-old’s early exit.The Portuguese said: “Luke Shaw must be a big injury, because to leave the pitch after 10 minutes I am expecting a very big injury.”This is not the first time Mourinho has hit out at Shaw this season, and, in fact, many of the United squad have been criticised by their manager.talkSPORT have taken a look back at the season, and reveal every player Mourinho has criticised during the campaign. You can see the results by clicking the right arrow, above… Luke Shaw – click the right arrow to see every other player criticised by Mourinho – As well as being the target of Jose Mourinho’s ire on Sunday, for leaving the draw with Swansea early with an injury, Shaw has previously been on the wrong side of the Portuguese. He was first criticised following United’s 3-1 defeat at Watford in September, having been blamed for the Hornets’ second goal. A few months later, Mourinho threw Shaw’s Old Trafford future in doubt, by claiming the full-back’s commitment, focus and ambition is a ‘long way behind’ that of his team-mates. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Having been brought to Old Trafford over the summer, it was a surprise Mkhitaryan was never getting in Mourinho’s early line ups. However, it became clear the Portuguese did not rate him following a 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce. Mourinho said: “I’m not thinking about sending him off, but he has to do more — it’s as simple as that.” After his slow start to life, Mkhitaryan has started to establish himself at Old Trafford, and there are hopes he will be a key player next season having had a year to settle in England. Marcus Rashford – Having played second-fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for much of the season, Rashford has impressed in his few chances as United’s centre-forward. However, after the 0-0 draw with West Brom, Mourinho hit out at the young England striker. He was marked out the game by Gareth McAuley, and hardly tested Ben Foster in the Baggies’ goal, and Mourinho told him after the game to improve. Having not scored since September up to that point, Rashford has learned from the criticism and is enjoying a fine run of form. Chris Smalling – Twice criticised this season, Mourinho’s big issue with Smalling appears to be the centre-back’s unwillingness to put his body on the line for Manchester United. Before the 3-1 win over Swansea in November, Smalling and Shaw claimed they were not 100 per cent fit for the game, and Mourinho had to field a makeshift defence. This did not go down well with the Portuguese, who highlighted the fact other players in Smalling’s situation made themselves available to play: “We have players with problems but we have players on the pitch who have problems.” The same problem came to the fore a second time in April, with Mourinho claiming Smalling has a ‘cautious’ mentality – something he believes is a problem with many players in ‘professional football at a high level’. 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 Paul Pogba – Mourinho has been one of few people to stand up for Pogba during much of the season, with the French midfielder criticised heavily for not living up to his huge price tag. However, the Portuguese has found time to hit out at his star man – notably after the 0-0 draw with Liverpool in October. Pogba’s passing was criticised, with Mourinho saying he expected more penetration in the middle of the park. The manager also backed Rio Ferdinand’s criticism of Pogba in February, saying the former defender has earned the right to comment on United’s affairs given what he achieved at Old Trafford as a player. Jesse Lingard – Like Rashford, Lingard was the subject of Mourinho’s ire following United’s 0-0 draw with West Brom. The Portuguese claim the winger was not ‘consistent’, having just a ‘flash of talent’. Lingard was also named as one of United’s ‘disappearing’ players by Mourinho – those players who show up when they want and do not carry the team. Lingard performed excellently against Chelsea a few weeks after the West Brom game, though his entire season has been largely mediocre. Mourinho did defend Lingard when the winger was handed a new contract, however. Anthony Martial – Along with Shaw, Martial has been the biggest target of Mourinho’s criticism this year – and the reasons for the anger are comparable between the two players. Martial has been handed a number of chances to impress, but has consistently struggled when on the pitch – and Mourinho’s patience is starting to wear thin. He verbally warned the French forward in November, saying: “You have one opportunity, you have two, you have three – if you don’t bite then somebody comes and takes the bait.” The Portuguese has made it clear he sees potential in Martial, but he seems to suggest the 21-year-old has not worked hard enough to adapt his game to Mourinho’s ideals: “Do I think Anthony is player with great potential? Yes. Do I think he can play successfully for me? Yes. But he needs to give me things that I like.” Phil Jones – Similar to Smalling, centre-back Jones has also been told to be braver and step up to play even when not fully fit. The England man also has that ‘cautious’ approach that Smalling shares, and following the Europa League win over Anderlecht which threw United into an injury crisis, Mourinho claimed Jones needs to take a risk – ‘because for the team you have to do everything’. The Portuguese said Jones should make himself available immediately – but he has not played a single game since then. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Even the mighty Ibrahimovic has been criticised by Mourinho this season, following the 1-1 Europa League draw against Anderlecht. The Red Devils were pegged back having missed a host of chances to put the result beyond doubt, with Zlatan at fault for wasting a number of opportunities in front of goal. Ibrahimovic was, along with United’s other forwards, blamed for United only drawing the game. However, a week later, Mourinho absolved the Swede of any individual blame, saying: ‘I was not disappointed with Zlatan, I was disappointed with the team.’ 9last_img read more