Mourinho blasts England over Jones’ injury
Jose Mourinho is fuming over England’s treatment of Phil Jones .
And manager Mourinho claims he is ‘naive’ compared to Premier League rivals who withdrew players from international duty this month.
The Manchester United boss says he will be without Jones for Saturday’s game against Newcastle after the defender limped out of England’s draw with Germany last Friday.
Mourinho says Jones, who has been bothered by a niggle in his thigh, should not have played, declaring: “I don’t think it is possible for a player with a problem to play in a friendly.
Of course, Phil Jones had a problem. He was having a problem for three weeks, he’s having problems that are stopping him to play for his club and then he plays for his club in extreme conditions [in their final match before the internationals] because it’s a big match against Chelsea.
“And then he goes to the national team and he comes home with an ongoing injury that everyone knows is an ongoing injury.”
While the likes of Spurs kept Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Dele Alli at home and Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph went back to Manchester City, Mourinho did not prevent Jones from joining up.
He said: “You have always some clubs where their players, they have always have something.
“It could be a fingernail, he has a little flu, he has a problem with the little toe, and they withdraw, and they stay with their clubs and they have their holidays and they have their rest.
“Then, there are always the clubs where the mangers are naive (holding up his hand to say ‘me’), too pure and they say you have to go and they go and sometimes they pay the price and they pay the price.
“I want to see this next weekend if the players that were not going to the national team, I want to see if they are going to play. Drinkwater? Delph? The only one that is not playing is Phil Jones.”
Mourinho has already had to cope with injuries to key players this season and will be desperate for Jones’s issue not to be serious, particularly ahead of the most hectic period of the season.
And with the debate over festive scheduling still rumbling on, Mourinho could not resist remarking on one particular anomaly.
Talking about a variety of issues after a fascinating day visiting the giant Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull, Mourinho said: “There are certain things we can argue. There are things we can discuss. There are things we can disagree… but there are things that are facts and against facts, there are no arguments.
For example, here’s another theme. And you probably have to agree with me.
“Do you think it is possible for Arsenal to play 22nd of December and 28th of December? Do you think it is possible?
“You know, I wish them a Happy Christmas because they are going to have a Christmas while others they play 23-26.”
Arsenal are at home to Liverpool on December 22, then don’t play again until the short trip across London to Crystal Palace on the 28th.
Mourinho’s Red Devils, in contrast, travel to Leicester for a 7.45pm kick-off on December 23 and are back in action at 3pm Boxing Day, against Burnley.
* Jose Mourinho spoke exclusively to Mirror Sport after an afternoon at the giant Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull.
Mourinho was there to celebrate the Jaguar F-PACE and the production of the 100,000th vehicle.
The F-PACE is the fastest-selling Jaguar ever and is the current World Car of the Year.
During his visit, Jose announced as the 100,000th Jaguar F-PACE customer.
He surprised Jaguar’s technicians on the line to help oversee his car as it went through production before approving the finished product and completing production by placing the Jaguar leaper on the F-PACE . Punch