Luke Shaw praises the freedom Jose Mourinho has given him

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Jose Mourinho's teams are usually first and foremost; well organised, compact and very difficult to beat.

The attacking side of Mourinho's style often goes under the radar and he is generally perceived to be among the more cautious top managers in the world.

However, goals have always won matches and for the Manchester United manager to have been so successful everywhere else he has been, he must have some talent in coaching his players' abilities in the final third of the pitch too.

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One of the more common criticisms aimed at Mourinho has been his use of full-backs in the past and he has been often accused of discouraging his defenders from joining in with the attack.

But Luke Shaw has hit back at his new manager's doubters and insists Mourinho has given him the freedom to push forward.

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Shaw has looked near enough back to the impressive form he showed 12 months before suffering the double leg break which marred his entire 2015/16 season.

And ahead of Friday night's clash with his former team Southampton, the English left-back has dispelled rumours of Mourinho's negative tactics.

"At times people have said maybe he [Mourinho] doesn’t like his full-backs to go forward but that’s not the case," Shaw told MUTV.

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"He gives both full-backs that license to go forward, obviously not at the same time but if I have the chance then it’s up to me if I want to go forward or not.

"It’s not that I’ve got to stay put or do particular things, I’ve got the freedom to play and that only gives me the confidence in what I want to do to help the team."

On Man United's other flank, Antonio Valencia has been regularly bombing forward and put in the telling cross to set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic's winner over Leicester in the Community Shield. Therefore, it is pretty clear Mourinho is keen for his defenders to get involved.

Leicester City v Manchester United - The FA Community Shield

It may still only be early on in the campaign but Shaw has proven just what a difference he makes to the United team.

His absence last term forced Louis van Gaal to regularly chop and change who he selected on the left side of defence, with Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and even Ashley Young used in Shaw's primary position.

The 21-year-old has become a key man at Old Trafford and - providing he can stay fit for the whole season - is almost certain to be in England manager Sam Allardyce's plans too.

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