Monday, April 03, 2017

Mourinho angry with Luke Shaw

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not happy with left back defender Luke Shaw and he is a "long way behind'' his teammates.

Shaw's fine start to last season was brought to an excruciating and painful end by a double leg break and the 2016-17 campaign has arguably been even more frustrating for the 21-year-old.

Shaw has made just two United appearances in the last four months -- despite overcoming niggles related to a long lay-off and being fit since mid-January -- and been publicly criticised by Mourinho on several occasions.

His last match came a month ago against Bournemouth Mourinho was reportedly angry with the left-back for speaking to an opposition player at half-time.

Relations have been frosty ever since and, despite doing extra sessions at home on top of United training, the future looks gloomy for the left-back, much to the bemusement of the player, along with some teammates and staff.

Shaw's place in the pecking order was hammered home by Mourinho leaving him out of the squad entirely on Saturday, despite a spate of absentees leading to Matthew Willock being named on the bench for the first time against West Brom.

Asked what Shaw needs to do to get on the bench, Mourinho said: "Who? Luke Shaw? It's difficult for him to be on the bench. Because I cannot compare him with Ashley Young, with [Matteo] Darmian, with [Daley] Blind.

I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind.''

Mourinho's body language was as damning as his words, just days after England manager Gareth Southgate showed his faith in Shaw by bringing him off the bench in Germany.

He is not alone in being targeted by Mourinho this weekend, with the manager having laid into his attack and accused some of his players of disappearing against West Brom.
Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were the focus of ire after the 0-0 draw, with the United boss saying such consistency is not a one-off.

"It's not today,'' he said. "It's every day. It's every day, so I keep doing what I'm doing during the season. I try, I give chances. I give chances, I try. Play again. Play again. Come on. Keep going. You have talent. They know they have talent. Okay, let's go. Let's try. Let's have one more opportunity. No pressure. Keep going, keep going, keep going. There is nothing else we can do.''

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