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Jose Mourinho unhappy about international friendlies after injuries hit united squad

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho is completely unhappy with mid-season international friendlies that are apparently doing more harm than good.

 

This comes after United defending duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones picked up injuries during their international duty with the England squad. The two missed England’s 2-0 win over Lithuania in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

"I am totally against the friendly matches," Mourinho told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday.

"I think friendly matches for the national team only make sense before the final phases. A couple of weeks before the Euros or a couple of weeks before the World Cup makes sense. But mid-season friendly matches mixed with qualification matches, I don't think that makes sense.

"On top of that, the matches are not really big matches so I am not a big fan. But I think one day I will be there so I cannot be very critical."

It should be noted that Smalling picked up a leg injury during England’s friendly tie against Germany last week on Wednesday while Jones, who could be out for a month picked up his toe injury in training.

The duo is like to be out for Saturday' clash with West Brom, with the Red Devils manager claiming he lost up to five players through injury during the latest international break of the 13 on duty.

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