Manchester United Football Club are in a mess at the moment. Jose Mourinho’s men are struggling on the field, and, quite frankly, winning 3 of 9 home games this season is damning.
The Red Devils boss met the media before the game against Young Boys last night, and he was rather critical of his players, questioning their attitude in particular.
Alongside Mourinho at the presser was United’s biggest success story of this season so far; Luke Shaw. The left-back has gone from strength-to-strength this term, which led to him signing a new long-term deal at Old Trafford. He faced up to the comments made by his manager and answered those questions perfectly…
“You need a thick skin, of course, playing for the manager,” said Shaw, per the Evening Standard. “But 100 percent this club, it’s the biggest club in the world and we as players need to take what’s said on board.”
“I keep saying it, but we need to fight for the team, the manager and the fans and the club.
“Of course we’re going through a bad stage at the moment, but that’s why I signed my contract, because I know good things are coming our way and hopefully that’s sooner rather than later.”
I love Shaw. Perhaps if he was available for selection against Palace, the result may well have been different due to his buccaneering runs up and down the touchline.
As he says, though, you do need a thick skin to play for Mourinho, and the left-back is the prime example of that. The self-proclaimed Special One has been hugely critical of Shaw in the past, but right now, the ex-Southampton man is probably playing the best football of his career.
It just goes to show that things can work out under Mourinho, you just have to have the right personality. In the modern-day game, players need the arm around the shoulder rather than the tough love approach. Perhaps Mourinho has refused to adapt in that regard, and maybe that’s why United are struggling at the moment.