Thursday 22 February 2018

Jose Mourinho admits Luke Shaw's latest injury is serious as Juan Mata prepares to return

Manchester United's Luke Shaw receives medical attention
Manchester United's Luke Shaw receives medical attention
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Luke Shaw will miss the rest of this season, as the club await confirmation on the extent of the ankle ligament damage the full-back suffered in last Sunday’s Premier League game against Swansea.

Mourinho offered up what many observers viewed as patronising comments directed at Shaw after he suggested the full-back ‘must have suffered a big injury’ after he hobbled off after just nine minutes of the game.

After publicly criticising the 21-year-old defender for his reluctance to put his body on the line to help an injury-hit United squad earlier this season, Mourinho appeared to be hinting that Shaw should have tried to play on despite the discomfort in his ankle.

Yet the medical experts have no confirmed that Shaw will not play for United again this season, with his uncertain future leaving a cloud over whether he has played his last game for the club.

“Luke Shaw is injured,” confirmed Mourinho, ahead of United’s Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo.

“It’s an important injury obviously but we are still waiting for one more medical opinion and for the medical department to decide what to do. He is out for the season.”

Mourinho has also been critical of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as he suggested they were too cautious in their bid to come back from injuries, but both have been declared fit to play in Spain on Thursday night.

The United boss also confirmed that midfielder Juan Mata is fit to play after recovering from an injury that has kept him out of action since March 19th, but he is not ready to start against Celta Vigo.

“Mata was injured for a while but he is ready to play,” added Mourinho.

“He is experienced, he is one of the few players that has played European semi finals and finals, but the only risk is he cannot play 90 minutes but that is the risk of if he starts, does he finish.

“If he comes from the bench no problem for him to play. He is selected and he can make a contribution.”

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