According to Manchester Evening News (via Metro), Smalling, along with United outcast Matteo Darmian was not spotted with the rest of the squad outside the Lowry Hotel on Monday morning - alluding to the fact that neither will play a part in the club's game. Burnley have surprised in the Premier League, sitting seventh at the halfway mark of the campaign.
Mourinho spent Christmas at a rainy Old Trafford ahead of the Boxing Day home match against Burnley.
One of the more intriguing Boxing Day matchups in the Premier League sees Manchester United hosting Burnley, with both teams in mediocre form but with lots on the line for both teams.
"It was because when the kids from the Oscar Foundation - one of the foundations we work with - came to Old Trafford to visit me they asked if I could do this kind of "namaste" celebration for them", explained Mata.
Manchester United haven't lost a home league game against Burnley since September 1962 (2-5), winning eight and drawing five since.Читайте также: Salvation Army's 2017 Red Kettle Campaign Comes to an End
United will also be without Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly. For Burnley, highly-rated defender James Tarkowski misses out as he serves the second game of a three-match ban, while their record signing Chris Wood is a doubt after being replaced in the first half against Tottenham.
"I guess we'll go there with no fear and take confidence from how we've played away at these big stadiums this season". "I've got friends and family I'll rib and take the mickey out of, but it's more about us doing well and wanting to win for us".
Mourinho admitted this Christmas had been a tough time for him personally as it was the first one since the death of his father, former Portugal goalkeeper Jose Manuel Mourinho Felix, in June.
Saturday's late submission of two points at the King Power Stadium had Jose Mourinho fuming, with the manager slating his players' lack of maturity after the game.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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