English Premiership

Smalling: No problem with Mourinho

Chris Smalling (Gallo Images)
Chris Smalling (Gallo Images)

London - Manchester United defender Chris Smalling insists he has no animosity towards Jose Mourinho, despite the manager seemingly criticising his attitude.

Mourinho appeared to question Smalling's willingness to fight his way back to full fitness this season, alongside Luke Shaw and Phil Jones, who have also struggled with injuries.

However, Smalling has stated that he has no problem with Mourinho's comments and enjoys a good relationship with the boss.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: "We speak very closely with the manager and we have got a very good relationship.

"All throughout my injury we spoke about the process and when I would be back so it is good that the manager wants you because ultimately he has got that decision of whether you play or not.

"You can take positives from it in that the manager wants you out on that pitch. He wants you to represent him and be that fighter and warrior for him."

"Obviously with a knee injury there are certain protocols that need to happen," he added.

"With the medical staff and with the coaches, we are pushing all the time. As players we don't want to be sitting on the touchline or watching the games in the directors' box. That is no fun.

"We have pushed as much as we can and I am glad to be back."