Pictures after the final whistle following Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham showed a humbled Jose Mourinho greeting Luke Shaw.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was far more animated, full of joy after a stunning second half performance from his team.
It felt like a sweet moment of victory for Shaw, to get one over on his former boss.
Luke Shaw eventually won over Mourinho during his former boss’ reign at Old Trafford, but it is fair to say his success was despite the manager and not because of him.
Shaw is now a different, much-improved player, and he credited this to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man-management in his recent interview with Sky Sports after his England call-up.
“His man-management is second to none. The way he conducts himself in terms of how he speaks to the players, it gets the best out of them. You can see that,” Shaw said.
Shaw has also proved Manchester United right to be patient and back him, to believe in the investment the club made back in 2014.
Jose’s bad plan
The Mail reported back in early 2018, that dissention began to break out between the board and Jose Mourinho because of the manager’s plans for the left-back position.
Mourinho reportedly was desperate to sign Danny Rose from Tottenham, in a deal which would have cost United £40 million.
The board did not sign off on a move, and while this is dangerous territory to overrule a manager, Mourinho was quite clearly proposing a poor deal, even though Rose was an England international at the time.
It was typical short-term Mourinho, highlighted by the fact he has discarded Danny Rose now he has him at Tottenham, with the pair famously clashing on the Amazon documentary broadcast in 2020.
Mourinho has also cast Ryan Sessegnon aside too, one player who The Mail report from 2018 reported Manchester United might be prepared to sign to compete with Shaw, as he was a young player with potential.
Now at Spurs, Mourinho doesn’t have time for that. He puts young players in occasionally, but rarely does he really trust them. His current left-back is Sergio Reguilon, a player signed on a glorified loan from Real Madrid, summing up the short-term planning under his reign.
Mourinho’s stint at United was littered by bad choices, including the way he ostracised Paul Pogba towards the end.
Pogba delivered a masterclass against his former boss, which made Mourinho’s treatment of him look even more maddening.
Thankfully, the United board took the view that Mourinho’s plan would have taken the club nowhere fast. His 10 defeats in the league at Tottenham this season is his highest yet, and shows he is a fading force.
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