Chris Smalling vows to prove Mourinho was wrong to question his bravery

Guardian

• England centre-back describes himself as leader who puts body on the line • United manager’s comments were him being professional, says SmallingChris Smalling, one of the players whose competitive courage has repeatedly been questioned by José Mourinho over the last season, has said it is wrong to allege he is not willing to put his body on the line and insisted he can supply the hard evidence to show the Manchester United manager was wrong.Smalling chose his words carefully to make sure he did not say anything that could be construed as direct criticism of Mourinho but the centre-half said it was not true, contrary to what his manager had implicitly stated, that he was reluctant to play unless he felt 100% fit. Related: José Mourinho tells injured players to be brave for Manchester United cause Related: Jack Butland back from ‘rock bo...

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