Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw accuses Jose Mourinho of 'personal agenda' against him

Tom Gott
Luke Shaw has fired back at Jose Mourinho
Luke Shaw has fired back at Jose Mourinho / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
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Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has fired back at the latest round of criticism from former boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was infamously harsh on Shaw during his time at Old Trafford, publicly criticising him on numerous occasions and was regularly accused of humiliating the left-back, who was just 20 years old when Mourinho arrived at United.

It's a feud which still lives on to this day and was recently refuelled by Mourinho, who told talkSPORT that Shaw's corners in England's 1-0 win over the Czech Republic were 'dramatically bad', and it seems as though Shaw has had enough.

“He continuously talks about me, which I find quite strange,” said Shaw (via The Telegraph). “Even some of the lads have said ‘what’s his problem?’ and ‘why does he keep talking?’

"He just needs to move on. Hopefully, he can find his peace with that and finally move and stop worrying about me. Clearly I am in his head a lot and he clearly thinks about me a lot. Look, he has got to do his job. He has got his opinion. I am used to him saying negative stuff about me now, so I just pass it by.

Luke Shaw
Shaw is keen to move on / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

"His job is to comment on what he feels is right. His voice is obviously very big. He likes to talk a lot about me, as everyone has seen recently. But his voice is his own. He can say what he wants. I will focus on myself.

“It’s different with different players. He likes some, he doesn’t like others. I think I fell into the category where he didn’t like me. I tried as hard as I could to get back on his side but it never worked out, no matter what I did. There is no hiding that we didn’t get on. I think he was a brilliant manager but, you know, the past is the past. It is time to move on. I am trying to move on, but, obviously, he can’t.”

Shaw then went on to open up about his time under Mourinho, admitting the impact it had on him was worse than it may have appeared.

“I don’t think any of you realise the two or three years I had with him and how bad it was then, what it was like then,” said Shaw. “What he says now is nothing compared to how it used to be. I am being totally honest. I am so past it now. I have grown up a lot. The three years I had with him, I learnt a lot. I find it easy to ignore him now and even laugh about it. But it’s better just to ignore it.

Jose Mourinho, Luke Shaw
Shaw believes Mourinho has an agenda against him / Stu Forster/Getty Images

“I think it can have an effect but the way he was with me, that was him and he had his personal agenda. But I think everyone I had around me at the club was fully with me 100%, so whatever went on between me and him was our own thing. 

“But around the club with the chairman and everything like that, they all supported me fully. So I felt the backing from the club, but not the manager at that point, but I knew I would be able to outlast him and I have, and I can just focus on getting better and improving.”


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