Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has launched a withering attack on Jose
Mourinho and told his former Manchester United manager to stop living in the past.
Mourinho had a combustible relationship with Shaw during the two-and-a-half years
they spent together at Old Trafford and was never afraid to make barbed comments
about the England full back’s capabilities.
The Portuguese, who is working as a radio pundit during the European
Championships, did so again last week when he described Shaw’s set-pieces as
‘dramatically bad’ during the 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. It was, in the 25-year-
old’s view, one comment too many.
Shaw, who is expected to start Tuesday’s round of 16 clash with Germany, decided
enough was enough at St George’s Park on Sunday, calling Mourinho ‘obsessed’ and
saying he was puzzled as to why he still carries an agenda.
‘I don’t feel like the set-pieces were as bad as he was saying. I might have done one in
the second half, a corner, that didn’t get over the first man. But that was one out of
three. The other two or three, I don’t think, were as “dramatically bad” as he says.
‘Look, he has got to do his job. I’m used to him saying negative stuff about me, so I
just pass it by.
‘His voice is obviously very big. He likes to talk a lot about me, as everyone has
But his voice is his own. He can say what he wants, I will focus on myself.
I take set-pieces at United, so it wasn’t as if it was something I wasn’t ready
He was clearly ready for this moment, too. There is a theory Mourinho has never
forgiven Shaw for choosing United over Chelsea — where he was a manager at the
time — when leaving Southampton.
Sunday marked the seventh anniversary of that £25million deal, but the player thinks
the explanation is more simple.
Whatever Shaw tried to do to gain Mourinho’s favor, it never paid off. He is not
losing any sleep about it, either, as he has been revitalized by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
and believes his England career is now finally taking off.