Manchester United Football Club have been a mixed bag at the moment, with Jose Mourinho’s men looking alright in Europe, but throwing out some poor results in the Premier League. You could say that a large portion of that is down to injuries, that are currently decimating the squad.
One player who has been injured for quite a large portion of the season is Chris Smalling. The English centre-back was one of our most improved players under Louis van Gaal, but under Mourinho, he has looked every bit the non-league footballer he once was.
It wasn’t that long ago when the gaffer publicly berated Smalling for not being brave and getting himself out on the field, and now, the 27-year-old has directly responded to his boss.
“We speak very closely with the manager and we have got a very good relationship.” Chris Smalling began, as per The Independent.
“All throughout my injury we spoke about the process and when I would be back so it is good that the manager wants you because ultimately he has got that decision of whether you play or not.”
“You can take positives from it in that the manager wants you out on that pitch. He wants you to represent him and be that fighter and warrior for him.”
This is the perfect attitude to have, and no doubt the manager will respect these words. Like he says, the ultimate power lies with Mourinho, and it is up to Smalling to force his way back into things.
Although, he hasn’t been very good at all recently and that must be a huge concern. With only a few games left from now until the season is over, Smalling has a huge job on his hands to convince the self-proclaimed Special One that he deserves a spot in his plans for the long term.
Personally, I feel the damage could have already been done. What’s the point in having a player that you simply cannot rely upon to get himself out on the field. To be honest, the same can also be said for Phil Jones.