Jose Mourinho ponders fielding under-23 side against Crystal Palace

John Hartson

GETTY John Hartson played 54 games for Arsenal

Luke Shaw has had a hard enough season to contend with, even without his injury issues rearing their head.

Manchester United's Luke Shaw speaks with manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford April 4, 2017. As annoying as it would be to overtaken by Arsenal in the table, I doubt the fans would care when Manchester United are playing in the Champion's League and Arsenal are not.

He joined the Old Trafford outfit from Southampton in the summer of 2014. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are long-term absentees while Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly are also now sidelined.

If kept on current course, Manchester United's first team will be bled dry by injuries and will likely crash and burn in both the Premier League and Europa League. In comparison, Swansea have played 19 games fewer - exactly half an entire league season.

But Mourinho has grown increasingly frustrated with the tendency of his players to turn to social media, particularly when recovering from high-profile injuries.

Travelling to face Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday night will be just the first in a run of testing fixtures this month.

Mata was sold by Jose Mourinho when the pair were together at Chelsea but now, things appear to have changed and it is good to see.

He continued: "I can not isolate our performance from the context".

Reflecting on the same, the Portuguese manager said although his side do not seem to be tired and exhausted, they are quite affected by the hectic schedule in reality.

Many footballers have their own social media teams and the new policy has been communicated to all players and their representatives. 'We have a squad of 22 that is reduced to 13 or 14 players.

"We lose two points, but I'm very happy with the players".

"I don't think they (Jones and Smalling) will, that's my personal opinion, I don't think they will but I know that the players I choose they give everything", he said.

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