The United manager suggested several of his players were struggling with fitness issues going into their first game after the recent international break.
Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Portugal right-back Diogo Dalot , Scotland’s Scott McTominay and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez all returned from international duty carrying knocks.
But Mourinho ’s frustration was intensified by a claim the coaches of those countries did not keep him in the loop as to what was going on , meaning he only found out how bad they were when they returned just before the Chelsea match.
In contrast , England full back Luke Shaw and Serbia Centre half Nemanja Matic were both released early from international commitments when it was clear they were not fit .
“ All of them (who missed Tuesday ’s Champions League 1 – 0 loss to Juventus ) were in their national teams, We played against Newcastle and we went into the National team period in a good situation. Then after two weeks , we lost Dalot in Portugal , we lost Fellaini in Belgium , we lost Alexis in Chile , we lost McTominay with Scotland .”” said Mourinho in his press conference ahead of Sunday ’s home Premier League clash with Everton.
Mourinho who will be without the out of form Sanchez on Sunday due to a groin injury — conceded not all national team coaches behaved in such an irresponsible way.