Jose Mourinho explains why Man United have been so poor at defending

by Tanveer Arayan


Jose Mourinho has opened up about Manchester United’s defensive injuries this season.

Eric Bailly has been left sidelined for two months while Antonio Valencia is continuing rehabilitation after his surgery, the Portuguese boss is expecting Chris Smalling back soon after he had suffered a knock.

He was forced into playing Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind against Fenerbahce and his side were extremely shaky in defence.

Speaking about his side, Mourinho claims it has been difficult to cope.

“It is difficult to cope, having to play with two left-backs at centre-back,” he said.

“This makes it tough to cope with the physicality of the game.

“To try and have the ball and create chances we made attacking changes but we could not create chances to score.”

Bailly and Valencia were two of our best performers so far this season and it was unfortunate to lose them both to injuries at the same time.

Hopes are Chris Smalling will be back in action against Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday, however we could see Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Mourinho’s sides are often built from the back, showcasing a strong defensive line moving forward, but with his current inconsistencies at Old Trafford, it’ll be interesting to see how it all plans out.

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