Despite the fact that Manchester United is suffering from a number of injuries and they drew at home against struggling Swansea City, Jose Mourinho has insisted that he was “very happy” with his players’ performance over the weekend.
United took the lead with a first-half penalty from Wayne Rooney but it was cancelled out by Gylfi Sigurdsson. As a result the team missed the chance to climb into the top four and to make things worse both Luck Shaw and Eric Bailly limped off with injuries. The team’s injury list now includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
However, Mourinho wouldn’t criticise his players, “If I analyse the performance, I will obviously find weakness, that is obvious and it is not difficult to find that. But I cannot do that. I cannot isolate from the context and the context is the boys gave everything they can.”
He said that if he had more “fresh players” he would have a different opinion. While players like Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard were fresh and sharp, Mourinho said that there were many players in trouble.
However, he pointed out that he doesn’t have other players available and highlighted the positives from the game, “The second half was our best period. We had control, we had chances to score the second goal and probably relax and kill the game and then they scored a beautiful free-kick. We lose two points, but I’m very happy with the players. Very happy. I cannot demand anything more from them. I am more than happy.”
It was the team’s ninth game in April and tonight they face Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Europa Leauge semi-final.
They face a busy schedule until the end of the season with games every few days, which has once again, lead to criticism over timetabling.