Chris Smalling and Phil Jones need to be braver and help in Manchester United injury crisis, says Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday night that his English defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones need to be braver, by helping the club through a looming central defensive crisis.

Mourinho, who implied he was deeply pessimistic about the injuries sustained by Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 2-1 Europa League quarter final win over Anderlecht, said that he would be prepared to come back from injury far sooner than Jones and Smalling. “Tomorrow,” would be his target, he said. Both players will be bemused by his comments, with Smalling already having been criticised by the Portuguese

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