Jose Mourinho Clings On As Manchester United Have No Obvious Successor

Jose Mourinho Clings On As Manchester United Have No Obvious Successor

Manchester United squad turn on Jose Mourinho after Crystal Palace draw

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With three substitutes already made, the Sweden defender soldiered on after injuring his hamstring against the Eagles on Saturday

The Sweden defender pulled his hamstring in the closing stages of Saturdays goalless draw with Crystal Palace, but with three substitutes already made, the 24-year-old soldiered on to complete the game.

Lindelof, who played two demanding Nations League matches for Sweden during the international break, has been a shining light in Uniteds poor start to the season.

That is top quality from Rashford, though. Its no wonder the Old Trafford crowd got on their feet and cheered when the youngster went flying into these two challenges.

Jose Mourinho questioned over in-game decision vs Crystal Palace by former Manchester United midfielder

When asked if Lindelof is injured, Red Devils boss Mourinho said: I believe so. I have to believe so. I always say that this is the period of the injuries.

The ball then found its way to Alexis Sanchez, who made sure all of Rashfords good work counted for nothing as he passed the ball straight out of play.

He played against Russia three days ago or two days ago and, of course, we need him and he played and he was probably the best player in the team.

United werent able to capitalise from his efforts, but that is the sort of attitude needed for him to grow into a world class player in the future.

He was a brave guy, probably punishing himself, who knows, for how long he will be out, but a fantastic example.

“It was the first of eight Premier League games until the end of December and a game we needed to win, and it was not enough from the heart.”

Marcus Rashford completes two slide tackles to win the ball back in Man Utd v Crystal Palace

If anyone doubts anything about Manchester United and commitment and desire, to see Lindelof, who had obviously injured himself, actually keeping pace with [Wilfried] Zaha and [Jordan] Ayew, that would tell you more, the Palace manager said.

In a game where, on the whole, Uniteds players showed a lack of fight and determination, Rashford kept going right until the last moments.

If I was a Man United man, that would be one of the most impressive things that happened in the game as far as Im concerned.”

Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho accused some players of lacking heart but Victor Lindelof was cited as an example of courage by Crystal Palaces Roy Hodgson.

It would give me a lot of satisfaction knowing that not only are there good players here who can cause so many problems for opponents, youve even got that level of spirit and determination and guts when it comes down to it.

He could quite easily have used the injury as an excuse, and Wilf and Jonathan who are very quick could have gone past him and maybe even won the game.

Mourinhos praise for his star defender comes after accusing some of his other players of lacking heart as they failed to break down a resilient Palace side.

This was a special game, the first of eight Premier League games until the end of December, a game we need to win and it was not enough from the heart.

Mourinho also feels the current generation of players are not as prepared for life as they were in his generation.

Mourinho was named our early loser after Manchester United slipped to another disappointing result on Saturday, drawing 0-0 at home with relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.

There were precious few positives to take from Old Trafford, but only a second clean sheet of the Premier League season was the silver lining on the greyest of clouds.

Lindelof was crucial to that effort, named by Mourinho as United’s “best player” after playing through injury in the second half.

Asked by MUTV whether Lindelof continued to play despite suffering a knock, Mourinho said: “I believe so. I have to believe so.

“I always say this is the period of the injuries. If they are not injured with the national teams, they come to the clubs and are injured.

“He played against Russia three days ago or two days ago, but of course, we need him when he plays. He was probably our best player.

“He was a brave lad, but he probably punished himself. I dont know how long he will be out, but he is a fantastic example.”

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