Jose Mourinho just can’t leave Luke Shaw alone.
Last week, he took aim at Shaw’s set pieces on England duty despite his role in the Three Lions keeping clean sheets against Scotland and Czech Republic.
Shaw issued a response yesterday, blasting Mourinho for going on and on about his performances.
Mourinho has commented on Shaw once again in the Times, on the eve of England’s huge clash with Germany at 5pm tonight.
“For me, Shaw has played well, better than in the first match, took more risks, didn’t make mistakes. For me, he is not a guy to take set pieces or be in the box to win a duel in the air,” wrote Mourinho.
“He is very fast and a perfect position is to stay back on corners to cope with transitions. But maybe Gareth needed a left foot or he did something very good in training that we didn’t see in the game. But no drama.
“Maybe against Germany he takes an amazing corner and England win from that. Fantastic. Shaw is a solid player, not making big mistakes, much more focused and concentrated.
“He covers the space inside very well now which was something we started working on. He is a good left back with a level to be where he is. I just wish him good at the club but especially good in the national team.”
Why does Mourinho keep talking about Shaw?
One thing to note is that Mourinho’s column may well have been submitted before Shaw issued his response.
But the broad point still stands – why is Mourinho still going on about Shaw?
Even his relative praise there was curt and short, and he tried to take some credit for starting his improvement.
For his part, Shaw is right to move on. He has managers in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gareth Southgate who trust him now, and give him confidence rather than tear him down.
Shaw faces one of the biggest games of his career tonight – if selected – at Wembley and he’ll be crucial in trying to stop Germany’s wing-backs, who are threats referenced by Mourinho elsewhere in his column.
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