After he was taken off against Watford at the weekend, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw looked to have been singled out for his errors during the 3-1 loss at Vicarage Road by manager Jose Mourinho.
Shaw, who suffered a long-term injury lay off last season, was apparently slow in closing the Watford opposition down leaving Mourinho reportedly furious.
Luke Shaw has aggravated his groin injury and is being assessed by #mufc medical team today, according to The Times.
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On Monday, reports confirmed that Luke Shaw was taken off because he suffered a knock but he is reportedly unhappy that Mourinho hasn’t made this fact known publicly, rather slating him for his lack of ‘tracking back’.
Here’s what The Times had to say about the incident:
“Luke Shaw is unhappy at being publicly criticised by Jose Mourinho and feels that he would benefit more from private instruction from the Manchester United manager, rather than being made a scapegoat for Sunday’s 3-1 defeat by Watford.
“Many of Shaw’s team-mates were shocked by Mourinho’s public criticism of a player who has suffered with physical and mental frailties.”
If you didn’t pick up on Jose Mourinho’s comment in his post-match interview, here’s what he said:
“Their second goal was a mistake that goes against our plan and training because our intention was for their wing backs to to be pressed.
“What happened was their guy gets the ball 25 metres away from our box and wasn’t pressed. We gave him the space to progress.
“Kolarov (in the derby) has the ball in a difficult situation in the corner and my players didn’t press. Today for the second goal they receive the ball and our left back (Luke Shaw) is 25 metres away instead of five.”