Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is “humiliating players” by questioning their commitment, says ex-Blackburn striker Chris Sutton.
Mourinho has appeared to criticise the desire of Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to return from injuries.
Sutton told BBC Radio 5 live Mourinho was “running the risk of turning the dressing room against him”.
“To call them out for not playing through the pain barrier is deeply unfair,” he added.
“Managers I have played under would say things in the dressing room but back you in public. Mourinho just shoots from the hip. I think further down the line that leads to trouble,” said Sutton.
“Having said that, in my opinion, what he is saying to the Manchester United board is, ‘I don’t want these players at the club. I need to replace them’. He is not daft – he knows what he is saying.”