Sunday Supplement: Jose Mourinho's Luke Shaw treatment 'brutal'

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 19, 2018

According to reports on Sunday, Shaw is likely to leave United in the summer, and his manager definitely won't stand in his way.

But Matic calmed the nerves around Old Trafford seven minutes from time when he stole in to nod Ashley Young's teasing free kick into the net."It was hard for us after the defeat against Sevilla, of course we were very sad after the game".

Mourinho has pretty much gone in two-footed on his players, climbed back to his feet, shrugged his shoulders and done it again at the next opportunity.

Yes, there are senior figures at Old Trafford who would prefer the Portuguese to be less abrasive and sour, but the likes of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Glazer family (the club's owners) are also pragmatic and realistic.

Mourinho is also reportedly willing to ship out the likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian, while Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are out of contract and Michael Carrick is retiring.

Despite the defender playing a bit-part role in United's opener, he was taken off at half-time and when quipped about the same, Mourinho simply said that he wasn't convinced by the effort that the 22-year-old was putting in.

"But a few of the other guys were scared to play, I can not say much more".

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Speaking about his dissatisfaction with both Shaw and Antonio Valencia's displays, Jose Mourinho said: "To try to improve our offensive football and be more aggressive I had to change one of them and I decided Luke, because at least Antonio defensively was capable of good positioning".

Perhaps we will never know what Luke Shaw has done for Jose Mourinho to treat him this way.

Asked whether he had seen a positive reaction from his players after the Sevilla loss, he said: "I didn't have the reaction from all of them". That's where we won the game.

"I have to say that for example McTominay lost more passes today in all the matches he played put together but he was a Manchester United player".

Shaw continued an ever-present Premier League run at the beginning of Mourinho's reign when he started their fifth match of the season at Watford. Because at this high level and Manchester United and where I used to play Chelsea, the players need to be ready for that because the pressure is big.

"You have four competitions in the season, if you win one, for me, it is not enough".

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