Luke Shaw is said to have been left deeply unhappy after being made the scapegoat for Manchester United's defeats against both Man City and Watford by Jose Mourinho.
The Special One accused the 21-year-old of tactical negligence in the build-up to crucial goals in both games in which they lost 2-1 and 3-1 respectively.
In the Watford game, footage shows Shaw failing to close Nordin Amrabat down in the build-up to Juan Camilo Zuniga's 84th-minute strike, which condemned United to a third-straight defeat.
Shaw was taken off soon after and heated words were exchanged with Mourinho. It is believed that the left-back informed his manager that he was playing through the pain barrier after suffering a recurrence of a long-standing groin injury and was unable to close Amrabat down because of it.
Despite that information, Mourinho still decided to scold Shaw for his failure to learn from his mistakes in the post-match press conference.
He said: “[Aleksandar] Kolarov has the ball in a difficult situation in the corner and my player instead of going up and pressing decides to give him space. Today for the second goal, Amrabat on the right side, our left back is 25 metres distance from him, instead of five metres.
“But even at 25 metres, then you have to jump and go press. But no, we wait. This is a tactical but also a mental attitude. In a couple of weeks, everything like this becomes perfect. That's my job.”
Unhappy players, shocked teammates
Unsurprisingly, Shaw has not responded to the ousting well with The Times reporting that he has been left unhappy with Mourinho's comments. Instead, he believes he would have benefitted from private instruction from his new manager.
Not only has Shaw been left unhappy but the same newspaper reported that a number of senior Manchester United players have also been left "shocked" by Mourinho's treatment of a player still rebuilding his confidence after two years dogged by serious injury.
Shaw is still recovering from the severe leg break that almost ended his career last season while he has also suffered from a number of smaller injuries, including no less than five hamstring and groin-related problems in his first season at the club.
He has also had to have regular sessions with a sports psychologist after failing to come to terms with the pressure of playing for Manchester United. Needless to say, his confidence was already fragile and it comes with no surprise that Mourinho's comments have not gone down well in the dressing room.
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