Mourinho looked on from the sidelines today as his patched-up United side laboured to a 1-1 draw at home to relegation-threatened Swansea City, and two more names were added to the Red Devils’ injury list.
Luke Shaw was forced off after just 7 minutes, whilst Eric Bailly was replaced after suffering a knock in the second-half.
It has been reported recently that Mourinho has asked Jones and Smalling to play through the pain barrier and make themselves available in the midst of a selection crisis, but when asked about the pair after today’s game, Mou’s response was telling:
Mourinho on Jones & Smalling: "I prefer not to speak, I'd like to focus on the brave guy Mata who did his best to come back. I'm grateful."
— utdreport (@utdreport) April 30, 2017
The fact he wouldn’t even talk about them, before inferring that whilst Mata is brave, they are not, speaks volumes.
The manager’s comments left fans under no illusions at all regarding Smalling and Jones’s future with United:
Looking forward to sales of Jones and Smalling
— Arewa Olakunle (@arewaolakunle) April 30, 2017
Bailly has gone down injured, leading Jose to ask the medical staff how quickly they can harvest Smalling and Jones for parts.
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) April 30, 2017
Shaw, Smalling and Jones obviously not in managers "good book", expecting all 3 to leave if we can get decent replacements
— Gard (@GardMUFC) April 30, 2017
Bailly and Rojo might be back before Smalling and Jones even try to return.
— Shibani (@shibani_mufc) April 30, 2017
Players that need to fuck off: fellaini, jones, smalling, young, lingard, Rooney
— James (@ClassicMkhi) April 30, 2017
@ManUtdStuff Shaw Smalling and Jones all sold 100%. All defenders and all English
— Hαڪ (@hashussain) April 30, 2017
Doctor and Physio that cleared Mata to play but not Jones and smalling, they don't know their job abi?that's insulting
— 0007 (@Eben_Ik) April 30, 2017
I am absolutely disgusted at the attitude of Jones and smalling! Not up for the challenge when their club needs them most ??
— Jordan Devlin (@jordandevlin420) April 30, 2017
What do you think of the situation?