Manchester United won their first Premier League fixture in three attempts on Sunday afternoon, as they demolished Sunderland 3-0 without really getting out of first gear. It was also a game in which Luke Shaw was handed a rare chance to impress the manager.
As we all know, Mourinho absolutely tore Shaw to shreds in the media just over a week ago, but his tough-love approach seemed to really pay off as it fired up the 21-year-old left-back.
He was brilliant for the hour he played at the weekend, and massive credit has to go to the youngster for not letting the comments bog him down. Instead, they seemed to have spurred him on.
Now former Arsenal defender-turned-pundit Martin Keown has had his say on the situation, and he has told Mourinho he now must apologise to the England international.
“Why not believe in Luke Shaw?” Keown told the BBC, as per the Daily Star.
“What about saying he played well, what about saying he came on and led to the equaliser against Everton?
“Saying he was only doing well because of what Mourinho was telling him to do is poor management. He should apologise sometimes for what he has said.”
As a massive fan of Shaw’s I really hope this is the start of him battling back and earning his place in the line-up on a regular basis. I still believe he’s by far the most talented fullback we have in our squad, heck, he’s streaks ahead of the likes of Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young and Daley Blind.
It’s now down to the player to keep working hard in training, by making it impossible for Jose Mourinho to leave him out. The 21-year-old is still young, and that horrific injury really would have knocked him down a peg or two and it will take him time to recover from that both physically and mentally.
Mourinho also has to keep the faith in the youngster when things aren’t going well. From now until the end of the season, I’d love to see Shaw given a real run in the side as left-back as it’ll do wonders for his confidence.