Paul Ince criticises Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Luke Shaw at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince has taken a swipe at Jose Mourinho for his treatment of Luke Shaw this season.

The 54-year-old, prior to Man United’s clash with Everton, noted that Shaw was way behind other teammates in terms of work rate.

Shaw has since impressed against both Everton and Sunderland but was left on the bench during his side’s 1-1 draw with Anderlecht.

And Ince, speaking soon after the draw in Belgium, was quick to criticise Mourinho’s public chastisement of Shaw.

“Mourinho’s been publicly slating Luke Shaw of late, but as a manager I always felt you had to keep player issues in-house,” he said.

“Personally, I don’t think you should air your dirty laundry in public. Sometimes it works, sometimes it won’t. Maybe it’s motivation for Shaw or it could just be a simple kick up the backside?

“I can’t speculate as to why Jose decided to do it in the public eye, but with a managerial record like his, who’s going to argue with his methods?

“That’s Jose’s way of working. He gets criticism from time-to-time, but if it gets the best out of Shaw, then he has done his job.

“Shaw needs to prove himself to not only Mourinho, but to everyone watching as well.”

The case of Shaw has served as a potent reflection of this country’s refusal to hear anything negative about promising young English players. And it is no surprise that those crying over Mourinho’s treatment of Shaw all share the common trait of not having any managerial experience at the highest level.

Do they not remember that Sir Alex Ferguson did the exact same thing with his players? True warriors respond best to adversity, and supporters ought to be pleased that, ever since his pillorying, Shaw has produced perhaps his best performances since September.

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