After United’s 3-1 win over Swansea City yesterday, Mourinho implied that some of his players need to toughen up regarding minor injuries, as Smalling said he was not 100% fit while Shaw notified the United boss of his issue yesterday morning.
Now Walker has suggested that Mourinho is not used to dealing with fragile players, and that the Portuguese is attempting to force the English pair out of United.
Walker told Sky Sports: “Look at the players he’s used to working with. John Terry, [Frank] Lampard, Sergio Ramos and Pepe, you can tell these guys are playing through the pain barriers. I think what it does tell you is he cannot trust Like Shaw, he cannot trust Chris Smalling.
“When a big game comes along they wont be considered, because he’s clearly trying to get them out of the club I think. Nobody is advocating that you have a hamstring injury and try to play through it. But the mentality to play with a knock, how many times has Terry played through that under Mourinho?”
Without calling out specific individuals following yesterday’s win, which was United’s first in the league for well over a month, Mourinho revealed that he only wants players who are determined to put it all on the line for the benefit of the team.
Shaw has found it difficult to hit the heights in which he reached before suffering that awful leg break against PSV Eindhoven last season, while being in and out of the side with minor injury setbacks.
Meanwhile, Smalling has been guilty of committing defensive errors on a number of occasions under the new manager, and could face an uphill battle of dislodging Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones from Mourinho’s starting XI.
Especially given how the former Chelsea boss praised Jones’ gutsy comeback from injury after yesterday’s victory.