Jose Mourinho is ‘furious’ and ‘angry’ that neither Romelu Lukaku nor Marouane Fellaini made ‘more of an effort’ to feature in the FA Cup final.
Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday to end the season without silverware.
Lukaku was a second-half substitute while Fellaini did not even make the matchday squad. Do read 16 Conclusions.
Mourinho seemed to blame Lukaku in part for the defeat, questioning his willingness to overcome the pain barrier.
“When a player tells you he is not ready to start, then the question is how many minutes do you think you can play,” said the Portuguese. “How can I convince a player who tells me he is not ready to play?”
Mourinho also pointed to the absence of Fellaini – “They are not stupid, they know without Lukaku we don’t have a presence, without Fellaini we don’t have a presence” – even though it has since become apparent that the midfielder was available.
According to The Times, Fellaini was omitted from the squad ‘even though the player himself had assured his manager that he was fully fit’.
But the Daily Mail claim that ‘Mourinho is said to suspect that both players were protecting themselves so they would be fit for the World Cup’.
The manager, who ‘did not address his team’ after the defeat, ‘feels it sums up a weak mentality in his squad’.