Smalling: Mourinho didn’t know extent of injury

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling insists there is no animosity with manager Jose Mourinho after the comments that seemingly criticised his attitude.

Mourinho slammed Smalling in November, claiming that the centre-back wasn’t prepared to play through the pain of his injury against Swansea City.

Smalling has revealed that Mourinho never apologised for the comment, but that it wasn’t a problem because it’s all part of being a professional.

“No, it’s just professional,” Smalling told reporters, according to Four Four Two, when asked if Mourinho had said sorry.

“All of us are professionals and no player wants not to play. That was all just [him being] professional – get on with the rehab and then get out as quickly as you can.

“I think that was directed at everybody. We had a lot of injuries at that time and he was frustrated that quite a lot of players weren’t available. 

“I think in the Chelsea game [in October] I proved that I would play with injections. As players, it is not about always being 100 per cent. It’s about going on the pitch and doing a job.

“I had done the injury, I played on and it turned out there was a break. I had a couple of injections but it got worse and that’s when I had the layoff.

“You always want to push yourself because you don’t want to let the fans or players down. Obviously he didn’t know the full extent at that time. I don’t think he knew the full picture then and once it was cleared up it was all good.”

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