Tony Cascarino: Jose Mourinho was wrong for making Luke Shaw a scapegoat

Tony Cascarino: Jose Mourinho was wrong for making Luke Shaw a scapegoat

Tony Cascarino has blasted Jose Mourinho for taking off Luke Shaw during Manchester United’s win over Brighton and making him a scapegoat.

Despite the 2-0 win fans were disappointed with the team’s performance, believing that the scoreline was flattering and that the team were uninspiring.

United did limp to the result and although Romelu Lukaku grabbed the opener before the break, Mourinho substituted Shaw off for Ashley Young at half time.

The decision was a bizarre one with supporters failing to see what the young Englishman did so wrong in order to be taken off the pitch entirely.

The rollercoaster saga between Jose and Luke is set to continue and Cascarino believes the manager was wrong for making his player the scapegoat of the result.

According to Talk Sport, Tony said on the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “I don’t like it when managers go for players, scapegoats. I think it’s an easy way to get out of it. I felt really sorry for Luke Shaw yesterday.

“Not because he wasn’t having the greatest game in the world but, you’re a young man – you want backing! You’re talking about being under pressure and he’s probably afraid to make a bad pass or be in the wrong position because the manager is going to do what he did yesterday and take him off at half-time.”

The former Southampton man’s situation with the Red Devils appears to be bleak to say the least with many expecting him to leave the club in the summer.

Club legend Paul Scholes stated his belief that Luke Shaw will leave the club and may find success elsewhere away from Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho didn’t substitute the left-back without explaining why but it was clear to see he was displeased with the whole team’s performance barring Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

The former Chelsea manager claimed that he wasn’t pleased with how Shaw continuously allowed Brighton to put crosses into the box from the same flank.

The Englishman wasn’t in fine form necessarily but wasn’t impressive either and perhaps Mourinho was attempting to send a message to the rest of his squad.

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