Jose Mourinho has dug deeper on his relationship with Luke Shaw after the Manchester United left-back criticised his former manager’s man management style.
It’s no secret that Shaw struggled to win the faith of the former United manager, who regularly criticied his players in the public domain.
Mourinho feels the United squad lost their way under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, so he felt the need to address the mentality in the dressing room by turning the players on him.
Also, Mourinho’s quotes via talkSPORT help us understand why he was a poor match at Old Trafford and that his sacking was always inevitable. I don’t think Sir Bobby Charlton would have been too surprised about how it turned out.
Shaw recently stated that his view of Mourinho was shared around the dressing room, so it was only a matter of time before the current AS Roma manager issued a response.
Mourinho said: ‘I found a boy.
‘I found a boy after an incredible injury that put his career at risk. A boy with some fears and scars from that awful night.
‘Then to work with me in a club where I was trying to improve mentalities and make ambitions and responsibilities to grow up. It was not easy for him.
‘I push players to the limit and sometimes players aren’t ready to follow me in that mentality.
‘We had good periods.’
I believe Shaw and Mourinho had good moments together, but few and far in between.
It was a step beyond tough love and we are delighted to see Shaw back at his best for United and enjoying his football. They should have asked Mourinho if he regretted his treatment of Shaw now seeing what a brilliant player he has become.