PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has hit-out at Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese boss staggering criticised Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling publicly after the weekend’s 3-1 victory over Swansea City.
The defensive duo were thrown under the bus by Mourinho for their apparent unwillingness to play through the pain barrier in United’s victory over the Swans and the manager’s comments left the England international duo bemused.
PFA chief Taylor has now weighed in with his views on the matter when speaking at VSI Sporting Directors governance dinner this week.
“I was disappointed by that [Mourinho’s comments] because, knowing the individuals, they are both highly thought of.”
They’ve got personal problems which I don’t need to relay, but sometimes a manager needs to be a psychologist as well, and also to be a counsellor because you can’t treat everybody in the team [the same], every manager must know that. Every player in a team is different.”
“When you see what happened with Welsh football and Gary Speed, that brings it home to you that somebody can look on top of the world, with no problems, but [in reality] it’s quite different and that’s why we have a 24-hour counselling service.”
Shaw suffered an horrific double leg break at the start of last season which ruled him out for the duration of the campaign, whilst Smalling has also been battling injury problems this season- and the lack of support for the pair from Mourinho is staggering.