Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho has been embroiled in some sort of situation with Luke Shaw recently, with the gaffer really slamming the 21-year-old in the media. The reasoning behind it is yet to be known, and as far as I can tell, the left-back has done pretty good for us.
Shaw came on as a second-half substitute for the injured Ashley Young last night, and to be fair, he came on and really got the Red Devils moving in the right direction.
He also had a hand in the goal, as his shot that looked destined to hit the back of the net was handled on the line by Ashley Williams, and a penalty was awarded. Zlatan Ibrahimovic duly converted, and United walked away with a point.
Now, Rio Ferdinand has had his say on Mourinho’s public berating of Luke Shaw, and he definitely is telling Jose Mourinho to be very careful in what he is doing.
“When a manager goes public it’s a dangerous thing,” he told BT Sport, as per The Mirror. “You’re not winning, so there’s a chance the changing room could react in a negative way.”
He really is treading a fine line, and it’ll either work wonders or backfire and go completely the other way. I personally think that Mourinho is still being backed 100% by the dressing room, and I believe it will have a positive effect and the players will respond.
The tough question is how it affects Shaw personally. That criticism will be really harsh from his point of view, and he’ll be feeling like he played a good game.
We’ll just have to keep an eye on this one, and see if Shaw get’s handed some more chances to prove his worth.