Jose Mourinho is ‘furious’ with Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini for their lack of involvement in the FA Cup final.
Lukaku, who recently returned from an ankle injury, was expected to start the crucial fixture against Chelsea, but he eventually ended up playing a bit-part substitute role against his former side after “not being ready” to start the game.
Marouane Fellaini, on the other hand, has missed United’s previous three fixtures through a muscle strain, and was not even included in the squad that traveled to London, despite sources close to the midfielder claiming he would be fit to feature.
However, neither of the two players made themselves available to start the final, which has infuriated Mourinho, who believes the Belgian internationals were protecting themselves so they would be fit for the upcoming World Cup, as per Daily Mail.
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When asked about Lukaku after the 1-0 defeat, Jose had complained: “When a player tells you he is not ready to start, then the question is how many minutes do you think you can play. How can I convince a player who tells me he is not ready to play?”
Meanwhile, Eric Bailly’s shock exclusion from the starting lineup at Wembley is also said to be because of a similar reason, as Mourinho has supposedly frozen the defender out after he missed United’s April fixture against West Brom through illness, but returned to training the very next day.
The source further adds that the Portuguese tactician believes this weak mentality from his players to be the primary reason behind the Red Devils enduring a trophyless campaign this term.
With Fellaini already set to find a way out by leaving the club this summer, it remains to be seen whether Lukaku ends up receiving the same treatment as Bailly next season.