Manchester United’s Luke Shaw and Jose Mourinho haven’t really seen eye-to-eye as of late, with the manager having some rather scathing words to say about his player not so long ago. However, since then the Englishman has been handed a start and on the whole, he did pretty well.
The 21-year-old has now been speaking to Geoff Shreeves of Sky, and his words make for excellent reading. Shaw says that he told Mourinho he plans to prove him wrong, and that is the perfect attitude to have for a player in his position.
“The criticism was very hard but I’ve had it before,” Shaw said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News. “But this time around I dealt with it better.
“When I first came to United there was a lot of discussion about me and that was hard, it was something that was new to me. I was used to positive feedback and comments in the media but coming to United everything changed, there was negativity.”
“I took that badly and it knocked me down a bit but this time I’ve come back wanting to fight and I want to prove everyone wrong.”
“At the end of my meeting with the manager I said ‘I’m going to prove you wrong’. I believe and want to do that, not just for myself but for the fans that have been behind me and supported me through this time.”
Honestly, I have so much newfound respect for Shaw right now. Massive credit to him for coming out and saying this, because it genuinely must have been so hard hearing what the manager had said about him.
I’m of the opinion that the start he made against Sunderland is the beginning of his road to Manchester United redemption because he has all of the tools to be a success at this club.
At the end of the day, that horrific injury he suffered would have definitely set him back a peg or two both physically and mentally and it will take plenty of time to recover fully from that.
I just hope that the gaffer keeps the faith in Shaw now, because he needs those starts to keep building that confidence up once more. I’m happy to give him the benefit of the doubt for the rest of this season, and I genuinely believe we’ll see him turn into one of the best left-backs in the country; starting next season.