‘Hopefully he can find his peace and stop worrying about me. Clearly he thinks about me a lot’: Luke Shaw HITS BACK at Jose Mourinho… but insists ‘what he says now is NOTHING compared to how it used to be’ when he was Man United manager
- Luke Shaw has hit back at Jose Mourinho and his former boss’ constant criticism
- The England left back labelled Mourinho as ‘obsessed’ and told him to move on
- The pair had a strained relationship while the Portuguese was at Old Trafford
- Shaw revealed he is so used to criticism from him he finds it easy to ignore
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
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.
Luke Shaw has labelled Jose Mourinho ‘obsessed’ after his constant criticism of the defender
The pair had a strained relationship while Jose Mourinho was manager at Manchester United
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 understand it,’ said Shaw, who had a wry smile when Mourinho’s comments came up. ‘I don’t know why he is still going on and wanting to point at me.
‘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.
Shaw revealed he is so used to Mourinho’s negativity he no longer pays any attention to it
‘His voice is obviously very big. He likes to talk a lot about me, as everyone has seen recently. 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 for.’
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 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 favour, it never paid off. He is not losing any sleep about it, either, as he has been revitalised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and believes his England career is now finally taking off.
The England left back’s career has been revitalised at Old Trafford by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
‘He likes some players, he doesn’t like others,’ said Shaw, when asked about Mourinho’s management style.
‘I fell into the category where he didn’t like me. I tried as hard as I could to get back into his side but it never worked out, no matter what I did. There is no hiding that we didn’t get on.
‘I think he was a brilliant manager but, you know, the past is the past. It’s time to move on. I’m trying to move on but obviously he can’t. He continuously talks about me, which I find quite strange. Even some of the lads (here) have said “what’s his problem?” and “why does he keep talking?”
‘Hopefully, he can find his peace with that and stop worrying about me. Clearly, I’m in his head a lot and he thinks about me a lot. I don’t think any of you realise the two or three years I had with him and how bad (the criticism) was then. What he says now is nothing compared to how it used to be.’
Shaw was in high spirits as he looked ahead to England’s huge last 16 clash against Germany
Shaw, with another wry smile, added: ‘I find it easy to ignore him now and even laugh about it. But it’s better just to ignore it. I knew if time came into it, I would be able to outlast him and I have. I can now just focus on getting better and improving.’
Rather than stewing about Mourinho, Shaw is focused on England’s possibilities against Germany and he says the squad are fully aware of the opportunity that is in front of them. Should they get past Joachim Low’s team, the draw looks favourable.
‘We’ve got to try and ignore what’s coming up in the next round because this game is massive,’ Shaw argued. ‘There’s no denying that Germany are a quality team. We need to be at our absolute best to be able to beat them.’
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