Jose Mourinho once again appeared to call Luke Shaw’s professionalism into question after the left-back limped out of Manchester United’s draw against Swansea.
Shaw and Mourinho have had a tumultuous relationship this season, with the Portuguese often suggesting his defender is not as committed to the game as he should be.
And, after Shaw withdrew himself from the action early at Old Trafford, Mourinho seemed to hint that he was not entirely convinced by the injury.
“I don’t know about the injuries. I think Luke Shaw’s must be a big injury, because to leave the pitch after 10 minutes I am expecting a very big injury.
United led through a penalty from Wayne Rooney on the stroke of half time but were denied three points by a late Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick. Mourinho, though, refused to criticise his players, insisting instead that injuries are crippling his side’s chances this season.
“We lost players and we lost points, so yes today was a bad day. We did not look tired and exhausted, we are tired and exhausted.
“You cannot isolate the performance out of the context. This is the ninth match of April, it is not human. We have a squad of 22 that is reduced to 13 or 14 players. The players are very tired.
“Did Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young look sharper than other people. Of course, they did not play the last match. I am more than happy with the players, they gave everything they could. I have zero criticism.
“At the moment, we cannot walk from the bed to the toilet without breaking a leg.
“I prefer not to speak about Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. I prefer to speak about Juan Mata giving everything to be available. I am grateful for that.
“We will give everything on Thursday. That is sure. Whether we go to the final or not doesn’t matter, I am really happy with the guys.”