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May 01 2017 by Marjorie Miles
After Manchester United drew 1-1 at home to Swansea City on Sunday, Jose Mourinho delivered a not-so-subtle message to Phil Jones, and Chris Smalling to do more to make themselves available for selection. Faced with the disappointment of a season without a major trophy, their first since 2012/13, the City boss is set to spend big in the summer to improve the squad.
United were the dominant force in English football for an 18-year period prior to Toure signing from Barcelona, but should City win all their remaining five Premier League games this season, it would see them finish above the Old Trafford side for the fifth time in six seasons.
The battle between the Manchester sides this year has been intriguing on a number of levels, not least due to the presence of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in the dugouts, but the rewards were supposed to be grander than a top-four finish.
United has a hard run-in, with trips to come to Tottenham and Arsenal, and is still involved in the Europa League, with a two-leg semifinal looming against Celta Vigo.
"[But] I think they missed happiness, they missed trust, belief, this extra bit that brings resilience, brings fight and they have it [now]", he told reporters on Friday.
Defeat would have left them playing catch-up in the top-four race once again, but the draw keeps things in their hands with only two points separating them from third-placed Liverpool, who have played a game more than Mourinho's men.
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Shaw, who was making just his ninth league start of the season on Sunday, limped off at Old Trafford clutching his ankle after just eight minutes.
"We knew United defensively are a really good team, but we dominated possession and we were the only team who played to win the game", he said. That leaves 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe next in line should Eric Bailly or Daley Blind need a rest, and Mourinho joked about putting himself in defence.
"You can not be punished if you play the League Cup final", he said.
"I don't think they will", he replied.
Mourinho stressed that United "will give everything on Thursday" against Celta Vigo but added: "Whether we go to the final or not doesn't matter".
"So last week, when we played Burnley, that Burnley game would be also a game to play later. You always hope when you play a big team at their stadium that they have a slightly off-day and you have a chance". Maybe it's a blessing, so let's see if they can come back.