José Mourinho Explains Why Luke Shaw Hasn’t Been Making The Bench For Manchester United
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on February 13, 2017
Manchester United boss has excluded Luke Shaw from the matchday squad on multiple occasions this season, along with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial. The 21-year-old’s position was occupied by Daley Blind as United overcame Walter Mazzarri’s Watford side 2-0.
Louis van Gaal’s £30m addition has had an on-and-off relationship with José Mourinho since the Portuguese boss joined the club. Back in November, Mourinho publicly called out the mental strength of Shaw, along with Chris Smalling after both made themselves unavailable on the morning of matchday.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial seem to have surpassed Mourinho’s trust gaining process after both having tricky starts to the season, but it seems Luke Shaw is still on the path to impressing Mourinho.
“He has to work and wait,” Mourinho explained after United’s 2-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford on Saturday.
“Against Watford, I wanted one defender on the bench and the defender is someone who can play in more than one position.”
“Darmian can play left-back, right-back and an emergency central defender for us, if needed, so my choice was Darmian.”
“The only thing I can say is that he is working well. Luke doesn’t have any problem and he is working well. He is fighting hard. There is no problem with him. He is fighting hard.”