Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho once again criticised Red Devils’ left-back Luke Shaw, questioning the England international’s positioning in the 4-0 win against Chelsea on Sunday.
Notably, Mourinho, who was United’s manager from 2016 to 2018, regularly chastised Shaw during his reign and often left him out of the first XI, particularly during his first season in charge.
In a new role as a pundit for Sky Sports, Mourinho explained that United’s new signing Harry Maguire, who plays as a centre-back, would have to learn to ‘cover’ Shaw.
“When Maguire has to cover Luke Shaw, and he will need to realise that he will need to do that a lot of times this season, they are not closing down the space in the box,” Mourinho told goal.com.
It is to note that Shaw was singled out by Mourinho on a number of occasions during the latter’s time at Old Trafford.
A month prior to his dismissal from the Theatre of Dreams last year, Mourinho accused Shaw of not being able to ‘compete’ and lacking ‘courage’ – along with teammates Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
The Sky Sports role was Mourinho’s first trip back to Old Trafford since his December sacking and he used the forum to make a number of strong statements.
Talking about Sunday’s match, riding on a brace from Marcus Rashford, Manchester United got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start. And Anthony Martial’s goal and Daniel James’ strike towards the end of the rubber sealed a 4-0 victory against Chelsea for the Red .