Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw has responded to Jose Mourinho’s recent criticism of his performance in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Brighton by doing extra training during the international break, as per the Manchester Evenign News.
Whilst his team-mates who have not been selected for international duty, including Chris Smalling, go on holiday and enjoy some rest, Shaw has been reportedly working hard at United’s Carrington training ground.
Shaw was substituted at half-time in the aforementioned clash against the Seagulls and Mourinho continued his collision course with the English left-back after the match.
The former Southampton man has not gone off in a strop about it and has showed impressive maturity for a player whose professionalism has been much-maligned and worked harder to improve.
Mourinho hasn’t been a fan of Shaw since he was appointed boss at Old Trafford. Whether it’s because he snubbed Mourinho, then Chelsea manager, to join United initially or because of Shaw’s attitude, there has always been a problem there.
The relationship appeared to be thawing earlier this year when Shaw was described by his manager as one of the best left-backs around but then he has only started one league game thereafter.
Shaw’s camp are fuming about the manager’s comments and rightly so. With little over a year left on his current United deal, it would be a wise move for Shaw to seek a move elsewhere this summer.
Maybe that’s his main motivation behind training while others are away, he wants to show his professionalism to potential summer suitors.
There’s no way back for him at United now and he needs to move on for the sake of his career.