Shaw’s comments on Mourinho ring true with ex-Tottenham star
Luke Shaw has enjoyed a resurgence at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The left-back is in the form of his life but went through a tough time under Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho publicly criticised Shaw during his time as manager and the left-back this week opened up on the “difficult” time he endured.
He admitted that he “wasn’t able to get his word across” with Mourinho as he discussed the frustrations he faced.
And it seems those comments strike a cord with another of Mourinho’s former players, Victor Wanyama.
The midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements by Mourinho at Spurs and frozen out when he took over from Mauricio Pochettino.
Eventually, he was able to leave for Montreal after an intervention from Daniel Levy – but his comments on life under Mourinho somewhat echo those made by Shaw regarding his time at United.
“Life was tough under Mourinho. I was not playing,” Wanyama told Kenyan TV (via Metro ). “I was injured for some time, and when I came back I could not get a chance to play.
“I went to see the coach [Mourinho], and told him I needed to play. He said: ‘You have to wait, you are just coming back from injury’.
“Clubs came in for me and asked to take me on loan with an obligation to buy after some time, but Tottenham said no.
“I went to the chairman’s office and told him to understand my situation.
“I had been at the club for four years, and we had celebrated milestones including the Champions League final.
“He granted me my wish to leave.”
Shaw opted to stick it out and not leave United before Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 – and that decision has paid off.
"It was difficult because I wasn’t able to get my word across,” Shaw told BBC this week of life under Mourinho.
"A lot of people were behind me here, so I knew I had that backing, but I just needed to keep my head down and keep quiet.
"People were saying negative things about me but I just look back at it as a learning curve and something that has improved me as a person off the pitch, not just on it.
"You always have some doubts. I have been very unfortunate to pick up the injuries I have had but I’ve always believed I can be an important player here.
"You want to be here and showing people what you can do. Hopefully I can keep doing that and proving people wrong."
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