The war of words has continued between Manchester United and England left-back Luke Shaw and his former manager Jose Mourinho.
After some scathing comments from the AS Roma manager, the England international has hit back at Mourinho, claiming he is stuck in the past and obsessed with him.
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Mourinho and Shaw had a strained relationship during his two-and-a-half-year stint with Manchester United, with the Portuguese coach often publicly criticising Shaw for his consistency and desire. However, Mourinho Portuguese has continued to bad-mouth the England left-back, describing his set-pieces against the Czech Republic as ‘dramatically bad.’
Shaw has finally come out and spoken out against Mourinho in a recent interview and has even stated that other England teammates have questioned why Mourinho has a problem with him.
“I don’t know why he is still going on and wanting to point at me. I don’t feel like the set-pieces were as bad as he was saying. I might have done one in the second half, a corner, that didn’t get over the first man. But that was one out of three. The other two or three, I don’t think, were as ‘dramatically bad’ as he says.”
“I am used to him saying negative stuff about me now, so I just pass it by. I leave it be, I ignore it,” he added.
“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 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.”
“He continuously talks about me, which I find quite strange. Even some of the lads have said ‘what is his problem’ and ‘why does he keep talking’.”
Shaw was often the scapegoat for Mourinho in the latter half of his spell at Manchester United. Mourinho once stated that Shaw played well in a 1-1 draw with Everton in 2017 “but it was his body with my brain, he was in front of me and I was making every decision for him”
“Yes, because 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. 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.
I find it easy to ignore him now and even laugh about it. But it’s better just to ignore it and move on with my life.”
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Shaw has thrived at Old Trafford since Mourinho’s departure in 2018 and been an integral part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that finished 2nd in the league last season. Shaw made 47 appearances for Manchester United last season and was named in the Premier League Team of the Year. Shaw’s revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helped him regain a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad with the left-back likely to feature for the Three Lions in their crunch fixture against Germany in the Round of 16.