Paul Scholes believes that Luke Shaw can emulate Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra in terms of recovering from a tricky start to succeed at Manchester United.
The 21-year-old’s Old Trafford future was cast into uncertainty earlier this month after Mourinho, when asked about why Shaw continued to dip under the radar at Man United, noted that he wasn’t reaching the required level of work rate to pose a challenge to the starting XI.
He has since vowed to fight for his place at United, backing up such words with powerful performances against Everton, Sunderland and Anderlecht in recent times.
And Scholes, speaking on BT Sport, noted that Shaw, just like Vidic and Evra, would eventually acclimatise to life at Old Trafford.
“It can take time for players to adjust to what the manager wants, what this club demands from them,” he said.
“I remember Patrice [Evra] and Nemanja Vidic had really difficult starts for six months and the players they turned out to be… they were sensational.
“Some players learn quicker than others and I just think it’s taken a few of these players to learn a little bit slower than they should be doing.”
He was there once again, defiantly bombing up and down the left-hand side, his mop-like hair all over the place as he stretched every sinew against Anderlecht for 120 minutes. Shaw had the look of a man with a point to prove: he was, after missing United’s last two games, in a ominously focused, charged mood.
This is the kind of Shaw – effervescent, disciplined and rapturously quick – that supporters have rarely seen over the last two or so years. Mourinho will be delighted to see the 21-year-old make such an encouraging response after receiving some public criticism – or perhaps reverse encouragement? – earlier this month.