Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho said that he is “totally against” international friendlies after injuries to central defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling on England duty.
Mourinho guesses to be without five first-team players against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, as well as the injured Paul Pogba and suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The 54-year-old Manchester manager Mourinho said to Sky Sports after Jones had to withdraw from the England squad with a toe injured suffering in training ground clash with Smalling. “I am totally against the friendly matches,” said Mourinho.
Both the player has missed England’s 2-0 World Cup succeed to win over Lithuania, foremost Mourinho to query the need for friendlies during the season.
Mourinho said “I think friendly matches for the national team only make sense before the final phases. A couple of weeks before the Euros or a couple of weeks before the World Cup makes sense.”
“But mid-season friendly matches mixed with qualification matches, I don’t think that makes sense. On top of that, the matches are not really big matches so I am not a big fan. But I think one day I will be there so I cannot be very critical.”
Manchester had 13 players on their international squad duty over last week with Antonio Valencia, Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo making a long trip to South America.
Manchester boss believes that the hectic schedule leaves his side at a disadvantage. “I don’t know how but both central defenders got injured in the English camp even before the match,” he added.
“The match was on the Sunday against Lithuania and they were injured in the training session. We lost four, I think [Paul] Pogba is also out, that’s five, so we are a bit in trouble. I watched Valencia’s match yesterday in Ecuador, Marcos Rojo in Bolivia, but they don’t arrive Thursday afternoon.”
“If you compare our situation with our opponents, West Bromwich Albion, only one player on international duty. They had time to work, time to rest and prepare. It’s going to be hard.”