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Jose Mourinho admits he 'may have been too hard' on Luke Shaw

Tom Gott
Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Luke Shaw
Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Luke Shaw / Fabio Rossi/Getty Images

Roma boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he may have been to harsh on left-back Luke Shaw during his time at Manchester United.

Shaw, who was one of United's players of the season last year, recently accused Mourinho of having a 'personal agenda' against him following years of criticism which had him out in the cold at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018.

The Englishman continued his rebirth with an outstanding Euro 2020, after which Mourinho confessed he could do nothing but praise the left-back.

“Because people think I don’t like Luke Shaw, I have to say, amazing tournament," he told talkSPORT. "A fantastic final.

“No defensive mistakes. Very solid. On top of that he improved and improved, and improved. He scored a goal that doesn’t mean much now but for him, for his career, for the way he grew up, very good. Very good Luke Shaw.”

Jose Mourinho, Luke Shaw
Shaw & Mourinho did not see eye to eye / Stu Forster/Getty Images

Mourinho was then pressed further about his treatment of Shaw, and the boss defended his actions, insisting everything he did was to try and get the best out of the left-back.

“I always tried to find what I considered to be the weakness of the player and sometimes I’m successful, other times I’m not. Other times I can create empathy with the player and get the best out of them.

“Other times the best way to get the best out of them is not to create empathy and is to try to to create some friction and to put pressure on the player. Maybe I was too harsh with him and he was not ready for that.

"The injury was such an incredible injury but I think in this moment where the country looks to him, and deservedly, as a left-back for the national team.

Luke Shaw
Shaw was outstanding for England / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

“From my side, I can only say congratulations to him because he did it by himself. For sure with the help and support of his coaches in the club and in the national team. I still think that he has more to give because his potential is good and now he is defending well, he knows how to defend space inside which was a weakness for him.

“His defence transition when he goes forward and the team loses the ball, his recovery back, he shows a much better intensity. Going forward he is more confident, better crosses.”