Manchester United have been hit with an injury bug of late, and Jose Mourinho has reportedly grown tired of the amount of time his players are spending on the sidelines.
Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have all been missing for the Red Devils for key periods this season, while Eric Bailly was ruled out for two months after injuring his knee in their 4-0 loss to Chelsea.
The Times claims that Mourinho is particularly annoyed that he has lost players this season for a combined total of 33 Premier League matches through injury but is refusing to blame any individuals in the medical department.
Mkhitaryan, whose only start came in the Manchester derby loss on September 10, has been a concern this season after a late scan revealed the extent of a thigh problem that would subsequently rule him out for almost two months.
United have statistically covered less ground than any other side in the Premier League, highlighted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s apparent concerns over the fitness and conditioning work since joining.
The report continues by saying that Ibrahimovic is worried that the players don’t do enough aerobic exercise in training, and believes he has lost some of his sharpness since joining United from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.
Ashley Young started at right-back and Phil Jones was rushed back into the starting XI after a long-term injury as Mourinho was forced to deploy a makeshift back-line in United’s 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday.