Jose Mourinho: Manchester United Manager Vents Frustration at Injured Stars After Swansea Win

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, November 6. Mourinho was unhappy that some of his United players did not play through injury. Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

Jose Mourinho expressed frustration at his players on Sunday, despite a comfortable 3-1 English Premier League victory away at Swansea City.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his goal drought with two strikes; there was a thunderbolt volley from Paul Pogba; and Mourinho will have been encouraged by a sprightly performance from Wayne Rooney, in his first start since the defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road on September 18.

But the Portuguese chose his pre and post-match media duties to focus on the absence of defenders Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, who both declined to play through injuries against Swansea.

"Smalling doesn't feel that he can play 100% with his pain. Shaw told me this morning that he was not able to play," Mourinho said before the game, adding afterwards that "for the team, you have to do anything."

"There is a difference between the brave, who want to play at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference," Mourinho said, noting that Phil Jones, the defender who has suffered multiple injury problems since joining United, played through pain.

United is up to sixth in the Premier League after the victory, eight points behind new leader Liverpool.