The 55-year-old launched yet another disparaging attack on the Englishman after hooking him off at half time during Man United’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.
Shaw has understandably grown exasperated with his manager and will leave in the summer, while teammates were reportedly “shocked” at Mourinho’s latest attack of his performances.
And Ince, speaking earlier this week, noted that the dispute should have been handled very differently.
“When it comes to addressing players, and calling them out it should be done in-house. It definitely shouldn’t be done in the press and that’s the way it has been with Manchester United in the past.”
“I don’t think there are any situations where a manager should call out a player in public, and it’s not the first time it has happened with Luke Shaw. Which, depending which way you look at it, either says a lot about the player himself or the manager saying it.
“For me personally, it’s something that needs to be dealt with in the club. Man United have got enough problems, and maybe they should focus on those instead of focussing on Shaw.”
Following a nightmare opening campaign under Mourinho, it was thought that Shaw, above anything, simply needed the trust of his manager and a chance to get some minutes under his belt.
And he did, starting and impressing against CSKA Moscow, AFC Bournemouth, Bristol City, Burnley, Southampton, Everton, Derby County and Stoke City. Finally, after all this time, he was getting into the flow of things, bringing the ebullience that propelled him to recognition at Southampton all those years before.
Mourinho even labelled him as one of the best left-backs in the world. And then, just like that, he was back to his old tricks, handing him just two starts after that remark and eventually pushing him over the edge.
Poor man-management doesn’t really do it justice. This is more like deliberate character assassination from Mourinho, and it has cost him a left-back with enormous potential.