Gary Neville: This is what I think of Jose Mourinho's criticism of Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw

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We shouldn’t be too surprised with anything Jose Mourinho says or does these days.

The Portuguese boss does things his own way and doesn’t care who he upsets as he strives for glory.

Since taking over at Manchester United, Mourinho hasn’t wasted any time in upsetting a few people.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was banished from training, while it appears the former Chelsea boss also has a few problems with Anthony Martial, Morgan Schneiderlin and Henrikh Mkhitaryan with the trio being given very little game time.

But this week, Mourinho may have upset a further two players following United’s 3-1 victory over Swansea.

Mourinho appeared to criticise both Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw for withdrawing from the match and questioned their commitment.

But one club legend has revealed his surprise at Mourinho’s comments, especially where Smalling is concerned.

That man is Gary Neville and he’s struggling to believe that Mourinho would single out Smalling as he considers him a very committed player.

Neville on Smalling

"I find it difficult to believe he has ever been anything other than completely committed to wanting to get out on the training pitch every day," he told Sky Sports.

"So I am not quite sure what Jose has seen, but he is the manager of the club and has to make the calls he sees fit.

"Having worked with him for four years he has always been incredibly impeccable and trustworthy, someone I always felt would run through a brick wall, so I am surprised by that one."

Neville on Shaw

However, he has a slightly different opinion on Mourinho’s criticism of Shaw. The left-back suffered a horrific double leg fracture last season and it’s believed that same leg is still causing him problems.

But Neville feels that the former Southampton player needs to mature if he wants to make it at Old Trafford.

"I think Luke is a more complex character," said Neville.

"He is young, has moved away from Southampton, and he needs to mature physically and mentally.

"He is such a huge talent but obviously has had injury problems and is not over them from a mental point of view and he needs to work on that.

"He is a young person with big expectation, but he is now in the spotlight at a big club, and Manchester United doesn't take prisoners.

"Jose Mourinho won't either because it will be him or the players that are going to survive and he doesn't work on the theory it will be the players.

"Jose is looking to make his name at Manchester United and he has to make sure he has the players alongside him he wants."

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