Jose Mourinho claimed his Manchester United players were “exhausted” after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Swansea.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brilliant free-kick put a dent in Manchester United’s Champions League hopes, cancelling out Wayne Rooney’s controversial first-half penalty.
It was a deflating way for United to set a new record unbeaten streak – 25 matches dating back to October 23 – and a more important statistic is the 14 league games they have drawn this season, 10 in front of their own fans.
And if that was not enough there was further bad news for United’s overworked medical staff, with Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly picking up injuries to join a cluttered treatment room.
Mourinho said: “We lost players and we lost points, so yes today was a bad day. We did not look tired and exhausted, we are tired and exhausted.
“You cannot isolate the performance out of the context. This is the ninth match of April, it is not human. We have a squad of 22 that is reduced to 13 or 14 players. The players are very tired.
“Did Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young look sharper than other people. Of course, they did not play the last match. I am more than happy with the players, they gave everthing they could. I have zero criticism.
“I don’t know about the injuries. I think Luke Shaw’s must be a big injury, because to leave the pitch after 10 minutes I am expecting a very big injury.
“At the moment, we cannot walk from the bed to the toilet without breaking a leg.
“I prefer not to speak about Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. I prefer to speak about Juan Mata giving everything to be available. I am grateful for that.
“We will give everything on Thursday. That is sure. Whether we go to the final or not doesn’t matter, I am really happy with the guys.”