With Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia all out due to injury, Manchester united manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that his injury stricken defence is also contributing to his team’s poor run of form hinting that playing with three left-footed players at the back has brought instability to his team.
The manager admitted that Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are trying their best to fill in the spaces of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling and praised them for keeping clean sheets against Burnley and Manchester city but the Portuguese boss still believes that having three key defenders out due to injury is a big blow to the squad.
Jose Mourinho told Manutd.com:
“I don’t think anyone has seen me play with two left-footed centre-backs
before but I can’t criticize the players because they try to do their best. It’s
very difficult for Daley to play in the central role on the right side because
he finds it difficult to build the game and that is exactly what he likes to
do and Marcos is also trying his best too. In the games against City and
Burnley where we didn’t concede, we always kept possession of the ball
but it is quite difficult to have a strong team”.
The Portuguese boss also revealed that his forwards have been lacking confidence in front of goal but hopes that Rooney’s late strike on Thursday would help the forwards regain their confidence when they visit Swansea on Sunday afternoon. Mourinho said:
“We can also talk about the goals we have failed to score not the ones
we have scored. I believe when a team finds it difficult to score, it is
because they are not aggressive enough and don’t take enough risk but
but that isn’t our case. I can say that some of our attacking players have
been lacking confidence upfront and I believe one of the positive things
about our defeat is the fact that Rooney got a goal. I think it would help
in restoring self-confidence back to the team”.