Chris Smalling has denied suggestions that he has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho.
In the absence of a regular back four, Manchester United have struggled in most of the games. They have done 14 out of the 36 league matches. As a result, they are set to finish outside the top four in terms of league positions.
However, the club will be able to qualify for the Champions League next season by managing a win over Ajax in the Europa League final. Smalling is unlikely to come back before the end of the campaign. He has targeted a good pre-season in order to start the next campaign well. However, there have been rumours about a potential move after having a rift with Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager has received a lot of criticism from various quarters for publicly criticising his players.”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. 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,” said Smalling.