José Mourinho has certainly voiced his opinion with regard to Luke Shaw predominantly on the England Internationals physical fitness and how ‘The Special One’ doesn’t see it as being up to scratch, certainly to his standards.
Speaking after United’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League last night the Manchester United manager revisited the topic in which he outlandishly stated
“It was Luke Shaw’s body with my brain. I made the decisions for him”.
21-year-old Shaw came off the bench in the 65th min of the game for Ashley Young with United trailing 1-0.
Mourinho assured Shaw after the game
“I told Luke his performance was good but it was because it was on my side“
Implying had the United full back been playing in any other position on the pitch without being under the direction of his manager that he would not have been at the required match pace or standard.
“The communication was possible because we were very close. I was thinking for him, when to close inside, when to open, when to press the opponent“.
Shaw who signed for the Red Devils in 2014 from Southampton for a British transfer record fee for a teenager at £27million has come under a lot of scrutiny from his manager. Eyebrows were raised as to where the fullback stood in Mourinho’s pecking order after he was left out of the matchday squad on Saturday against West Brom on Saturday. This interpretation was not helped afterwards when the manager heavily criticised Shaw’s commitment, focus and ambition saying Shaw was a long way off challenging for a first team spot.
Mourinho’s comments suggest impatience towards Shaw as he further mentions
“21 years old is old enough to have a better understanding of the game. He must accelerate the process.”
This impatience could be the result of adding pressure on the Old Trafford boss to reach the top four in which he has personally stated would be a very difficult achievement at this stage. With regard to Shaw and other United youngsters Mourinho says;
“I think he has a future but Manchester United cannot wait. We need the kids to grow up”.
Shaw has struggled with regular football at United since breaking his leg against PSV Eindhoven on September 15, 2015. However if there was a time to prove his worth, it certainly is now.
United currently lie 5th in the Premier League 4 points behind rivals Manchester City in 4th position and that lucrative Champions league spot. They head to bottom of the table Sunderland on Sunday looking to add a win to their 20 game unbeaten run in which has 10 draws.
You can watch Mourinho’s comments below;