Jose Mourinho’s England take: Shaw gets mixed review, praise for Maguire

Jose Mourinho is the voice of talkSPORT this summer and he makes sure to name drop a couple of Manchester United players whenever he speaks.

The former Manchester United manager is enjoying some time off this summer to digest Euro 2020 before planning the new season, with a busy summer on the agenda for his new club AS Roma.

Mourinho, who has always been critical of Luke Shaw, slammed the left-back’s set piece delivery for England in their Euro 2020 win over the Czech Republic.

He admitted the United star was “very good” overall but couldn’t help but find something to criticise — in typical Mourinho fashion.

Both Shaw and Maguire played the full 90 minutes as they secured a 1-0 win to complete the group stages.

Mourinho told talkSPORT that although England played well, they must make more of their chances from set-pieces, with a dig at Shaw:

“The negative thing I would say is once more they were very poor on attacking corners.

“The service was dramatically bad. They have so many good players to attack corners. The crosses are not passing the first man.

“Luke Shaw, in my opinion, very good tonight but very poor on the corner. Phillips, the same.

“England has great power at this level and going to knockouts, one corner can decide a game.”

When it came to Maguire, who returned from injury, he was a lot more complimentary of his assured display at the back.

“I keep saying when you have an option to take 26 players, you have to risk, gamble and take an injured player if the player deserves that. Maguire is one of those players.

“He was confident, he was stable, he was intelligent, read the game well, and has a good partnership with [John] Stones.

“[Tyrone] Mings is doing a fantastic job, you could feel he was happy to come in for 10 or 15 minutes, he is a team player.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the next game is against Germany, the way they play with three at the back – I wouldn’t be surprised if England went with Stones, Maguire and Mings at the back.”

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