Phil Jones had six injections to play for England- Mourinho

Phil Jones had six injections to play for England- Mourinho

England's 0-0 friendly draw with Germany last week created a headache for Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho ahead of his meeting with Rafa Benitz and Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.

"I am not an angel and I had players injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly... to get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that". He was injected in the afternoon of the match.

Moreover, the manager was unable to explain why his player was forced to take six injections in order to be fit for a game of little significance.

Mourinho said: "I am confident that we can win [against Newcastle] and that is the way we have to look at it, to play every match thinking we can win, to play every match to try to win and to think that we play against Manchester City two matches where we can interfere in the situation". Jones reported an issue with his thigh in the warmup having had a pain-killing injection earlier in the day and he was then given five more injections of local anaesthetic so that he could start the match, despite it being a meaningless friendly. Phil Jones was injured Wednesday and obviously, he is injured for tomorrow.

The FA were on Friday said to be surprised by Mourinho's comments and believe they have done nothing wrong.

While the club will have to do without the services of Jones, Mourinho will be able to rely on several players who are returning from injury.

Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, delivered some good news to his team's fans by revealing that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo have recovered from injury and are available to play against Newcastle United this evening.

For 36-year-old Ibrahimovic it represents an awesome recovery from a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee just seven months ago. Jones is now ruled out for United's game against Newcastle United and Mourinho is furious that he was selected to play despite carrying a knock. 'The important thing is respect for the professional and person - I respect him in both ways'.