Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho could reportedly face punishment for "emotional blackmail" following recent comments he made about some of his club's players.
After United's 4-1 pre-season loss to Liverpool at the weekend, the Portuguese tactician hinted that he would like some of his players who are still on holiday to return sooner than originally expected to.
Mourinho was frustrated that he did not have many senior team regulars to choose from in their friendlies, saying: "I hope that the boys on deserved holidays take care of themselves a bit and that somebody wants to do what (Marcus) Rashford and Phil Jones decided to do, which is to be back a bit earlier to try to help the team because for the beginning of the season we are going to be in trouble."
According to The Times and as cited by Yahoo Sport, the manager could be in trouble after he reportedly breached PFA regulations with his comments.
It has been claimed that there is a clause in players' contracts that they are "entitled to a break of five weeks in over the year, of which three weeks may be consecutive" and that "clubs should not unreasonably withhold permission, subject to club commitments and international commitments".
Many have criticised Mourinho for his recent negative and discouraging attitude, with reports suggesting that there is a lot of tension in the air at the club.
A source from FIFPro, the world players' union, reportedly told The Times that Mourinho's actions can be considered "emotional blackmail", although it is unclear as to what punishment the manager could face.
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