Saying that their perseverance put the pain barriers of other squad members into stark contrast, Jose Mourinho today praised the bravery of Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini for playing yesterday’s game against Everton without functioning brains.
The Manchester United manager has openly criticised the mental strength of his players at times this season, and has questioned the tenacity and commitment of some to play through pain and injury.
However, speaking after his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw with the Toffees, the Portuguese coach took time to commend the two players for putting themselves forward for selection despite not having their entire brains intact.
“It was a disappointing result but I am proud of my players. They gave everything for the cause. Take Marouane and Marcos for example. Both of these men played their heart out despite having serious injuries that, honestly, would stop most men,” said the 53-year-old, revealing that while one-tenth of Fellaini’s brain was severely injured, recent scans had shown that Rojo has little more than five percent of a brain in total.
“We have certain players here who may be a little soft; who can’t play because they have a strain here, a tear there. But I respect Marouane and Marcos, they give it all even when, neurologically speaking, they are more alive than dead.”
At press time, Mourinho also defended Fellaini over his concession of a late penalty, stating that a man in his condition should be praised for simply being capable of walking.