‘You need a thick skin playing for Mourinho’, says Manchester United defender Shaw

‘You need a thick skin playing for Jose Mourinho but character criticism of players was a generational thing’, says Manchester United ace Luke Shaw

  • Shaw admits players need ‘a thick skin’ to play under Mourinho at Old Trafford
  • The United boss questioned the ‘character’ and ‘personality’ of his young stars
  • The Reds Devils face Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night

Chris Wheeler for MailOnline

Luke Shaw admits Manchester United’s players need ‘a thick skin’ to play under Jose Mourinho but insists there is enough commitment in the dressing-room at Old Trafford.

Mourinho questioned his players’ ‘heart’ after a disappointing draw against Crystal Palace at the weekend, and Shaw responded ahead of the Champions League clash with Young Boys on Tuesday.

‘Sometimes of course it might look like that, but I look in the training ground and I look around the changing room and I think everyone wants the same, and that’s to win games and to climb up the table,’ said the England defender.

Defender Luke Shaw admits the players need ‘a thick skin’ to play under Jose Mourinho

Defender Luke Shaw admits the players need ‘a thick skin’ to play under Jose Mourinho

‘Obviously that’s what we need to do. The last couple of days everyone has been very disappointed. This was a big start for us, after the international break we needed to get a win and it wasn’t meant to be. Of course we’re all disappointed but we need to fight for the club and the team and the manager starting tomorrow.’

Shaw has come in for his fair share of criticism from Mourinho before turning his United career around and signing a new £180,000-a-week contract this season.

He added: ‘You need a thick skin, of course, playing for the manager. But 100 per cent this club, it’s the biggest club in the world and we as players need to take what’s said on board and I keep saying it but we need to fight for the team, the manager and the fans and the club.

The 23-year-old was one of the players who had their ‘character’ and ‘personality' questioned

The 23-year-old was one of the players who had their ‘character’ and ‘personality’ questioned

‘Of course. we’re going through a bad stage at the moment but that’s why I signed my contract, because I know good things are coming our way and hopefully that’s sooner rather than later.’

Mourinho’s latest assessment of Shaw in a television interview was to question his ‘character’ and ‘personality’ along with other young players like Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford. He also said that the former Southampton defender didn’t know how to ‘compete’ when the he first took over two-and-a-half years ago.

But Shaw brushed off the comments, saying: ‘What he said the other day, that was more a generational thing, I don’t think it was really aimed as much at us as individuals. He’s talking about nowadays’ generation, as opposed to when he was a bit younger.

‘I’ve kind of enjoyed it. It was a very big challenge for me with some of the things he’s said in the past, especially in the last year or two years.’ 

Shaw insists there is enough commitment in the dressing-room at Manchester United

Shaw insists there is enough commitment in the dressing-room at Manchester United

 


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