England’s left back Luke Shaw has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s criticism saying that “he needs to move on”. Mourinho, who has been working as a football pundit on England-based radio station Talksport during EURO 2020, described Shaw’s set-piece delivery in England’s win against the Czech Republic as “very poor.”
What Luke Shaw said
“There is no hiding that we didn’t get on,” Luke Shaw said. “Clearly I am in his head a lot and he think about me a lot”.
“I don’t know why he is still going on and wanting to point at me. I don’t feel like the set-pieces were as ‘dramatically bad’ as he says”.
“I think he was a brilliant manager but, you know, the past is the past. It is time to move on. I am trying to move on but, obviously, he can’t”.
“He continuously talks about me, which I find quite strange. Even some of the lads have said ‘what’s his problem’ and ‘why does he keep talking?’ He just needs to move on.”
The former United manager coached Shaw for two and a half years at Old Trafford. The Portuguese criticized the defender publicly on several occasions in the past.
“I don’t really understand it, to be honest,” he said. “I don’t know why he is still going on and wanting to point at me. I don’t feel like the set-pieces were as bad as he was saying.”
“I might have done one in the second half, a corner, that didn’t get over the first man. But that was one out of three. The other two or three, I don’t think, were as ‘dramatically bad’ as he says.”
“Look, he has got to do his job. He has got his opinion. I am used to him saying negative stuff about me now, so I just pass it by. I leave it be, I ignore it. I just focus on what the coaching staff say here, what Gareth says and that’s that, really.”
“His voice is obviously very big. He likes to talk a lot about me, as everyone has seen recently. But his voice is his own. He can say what he wants.”
“I will focus on myself. I take set-pieces at United, so it wasn’t as if it was something I wasn’t ready for.”
Luke Shaw added, “What he says now is nothing compared to how it used to be. I am being totally honest. I am so past it now. I have grown up a lot. The three years I had with him, I learnt a lot. I find it easy to ignore him now and even laugh about it. But it’s better just to ignore it and move on with my life.”
Luke Shaw had a fantastic season and helped Manchester United earn the 2nd spot in the Premier League. He was named in the Premier League Team of the Year for 2020-21 after becoming a first-team player under Mourinho’s replacement, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The defender scored a goal & and assisted 6 more for the Red Devils last season across all competitions. After becoming a regular starter at Manchester United, the defender earned a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England side for EURO 2020. He started the last two games against Scotland & Czech Republic in the tournament.
The former Real Madrid & Chelsea boss was appointed as the new head coach for Roma back in May after getting sacked a day before EFL cup finals against the Premier League winners. Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham after just 17 months in charge. The Portuguese replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs manager in November 2019 and guided the club to sixth in the Premier League last season.
Luke Shaw has a big challenge ahead on Tuesday as England face their arch-rivals Germany in the knockout stage of the tournament.
“It would feel unbelievable,” Luke Shaw said when asked what it would mean to beat their old rivals.
“Not just for us as players, but for the whole nation to see that would be brilliant. Of course, what’s happened in the past is the past.”
“But us as players, as a whole team, want to create our own story and you know what a perfect way to start that by hopefully beating Germany on Tuesday and setting a tone for the rest of the tournament.”