Man Utd boss Mourinho furious: Jones needed 6 injections to face Germany


Jose Mourinho has criticised the measures taken by England to ensure that Phil Jones played in the friendly against Germany.

"For me, the more unusual thing with Phil Jones is that in 17 years as a manager, I haven't had one single player that had injections of anesthetic to play a friendly".

The central defender had already come off after an hour of United's Champions League match against Benfica and missed their last league fixture, against Chelsea, and Mourinho said: "Look, I expect that every player who was injured last week is not playing [this weekend]".

Mourinho allowed the 25-year-old defender to go on worldwide duty despite him carrying an injury, and he is unhappy with how England handled the situation. I've had players injected to play official matches and crucial matches, but a friendly?

When asked if Mourinho had spoken to England manager Gareth Southgate he replied: "No, I'm just telling a fact".

Jones had started all 11 of United's league matches so far this season, helping his second-placed team to the best defensive record, having conceded just five goals.

"I have nothing more to say".

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But it is understood there was communication between the England and United medical teams before, during and after Jones was on global duty.

The FA were on Friday said to be surprised by Mourinho's comments and believe they have done nothing wrong.

Sources close to the England camp insist Jones received treatment in line with usual medical practices but did confirm the player received a number of injections before the game.

A host of England players dropped out of Southgate's squad for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil through injury, which sparked talk of a club versus country row.

Mourinho will be without Jones against Newcastle but he has been able to welcome back Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo after long spells on the sidelines.

Pogba has been out for three months with a hamstring injury, while Rojo and Ibrahimovic have been out for seven months.

'There are qualities in our football that influence our approach in matches.