Manchester United’s Injury Woes Continued
It’s probably just as well Jose Mourinho wasn’t at home watching England on Friday night.
The Manchester United was perched next to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Solna watching Sweden’s World Cup play-off against Italy.
But if he was at Chez Mourinho, you’d imagine he’d have been screaming at his TV as Phil Jones limped through the early stages of this Wembley friendly.
Jones looked to have aggravated a thigh injury inside the opening 10 minutes.
The heavy strapping on his left quadricep suggests Jones was carrying the problem going into the game against Germany.
The defender, however, didn’t come off until the 24th minute; collapsing to the floor with an uncomfortable grimace on his face just moments after clearing off the line from Leroy Sane.
A quick conversation with Gareth Southgate and Jones was off.
You’d imagine Mourinho will seek a conversation of his own with the England manager in the coming days.
Mourinho will have some questions he’ll want answered.
One: why was Jones allowed to play in the first place when he was clearly nursing an injury?
Two: why was he allowed to carry on for a further 14 minutes?
Credit to Jones for refusing to follow this week’s trend of pulling out the squad. That would have been the easy, perhaps sensible, option.
Jones’ bravery will resonate with his international manager ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
It’ll resonate with his club boss, too. But for entirely different reasons.