Tight Competition, Mourinho Warns MU Defender
Jose Mourinho has warned Luke Shaw to work hard to be Manchester United’s (Manchester United) left back this season. The 22-year-old made his first appearance in the 2017-18 season as a substitute when MU met Burton Albion in the League Cup. Shaw was sidelined with a foot injury since April.
MU escaped thanks to a 4-1 victory in the game. However, Shaw was criticized for his poor performance.
Mourinho insists it is unfair to expect too much from the former Southampton player. Even so, Mourinho still challenged him to fight harder to get a place.
“He has to work hard, that’s all,” Mourinho said. “You see the same thing as I see it.”
Mourinho admitted Shaw had not played for six months. Therefore, he did not expect to go down for 45 minutes. “It’s a process, he has not played for a long time.”
Mourinho then pointed to the case of Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard at Arsenal and Chelsea. It supports the evidence of the value of his approach with Shaw.
“You have other players in the Premier League who did not start the game and their manager just said they were not in the best condition,” he said.
“The players are not in the best shape after a serious injury, Luke had surgery and a long time without playing. I can not expect him to come back and strong, strong, strong in his job,” said the Manchester United coach.