Manchester United players have become frustrated with Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Luke Shaw and senior figures in the dressing room will seek to address the issue with the boss, according to reports.
The 55-year-old handed Shaw his first start in a month against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend and could be seen angrily shouting at him throughout the first half before taking him off at the break.
His criticism of Shaw’s performance in the aftermath was the latest of a series of jibes in his direction, leaving members of the squad exasperated with their manager’s treatment of the 22-year-old.
And according to the Telegraph‘s James Ducker, members of the club’s board have grown concerned about the potential implications of Mourinho’s comments on Shaw’s fee in the summer, while senior figures in the dressing – fronted by Michael Carrick– have taken exception to the way their boss has treated the left-back on a human level.
Criticism is important – necessary, in fact – but the 55-year-old has targeted Shaw on too many occasions, in such corrosive fashion, for this to be simple managerial advice.
And now the left-back will leave in the summer. Nobody can blame him. Following a truly horrific injury, leaving mental as well as physical scars, all he needed was some support from his manager – to be made to feel important.
Instead, he has been on the receiving end of what can only be described as, at best, arbitrary victimisation and, at worst, sheer bullying, and his confidence has been destroyed as a result.