Arsenal legend Ian Wright accuses Jose Mourinho of 'degrading' Man Utd star Luke Shaw while in charge at Old Trafford
JOSE MOURINHO’S treatment of Luke Shaw during his time in charge of Manchester United was ‘degrading,’ says Ian Wright.
Shaw became the most expensive teenager in history in 2014 when United forked out £30million to Southampton for the defender.
Form and injury struggles hampered his progress with Mourinho singling him out publicly for his shortcomings several times.
Arsenal legend Wright was at Old Trafford on Tuesday as pundit for BBC to witness the Red Devils defeat West Ham after extra-time in the FA Cup.
And it was during that broadcast that he tore into the current Tottenham boss over the way he managed the left-back at United.
Wright said: “Luke Shaw when he came to United from Southampton was a fantastic player, but he fell away a bit.
“He had injuries and lost form, but he has turned it around. He is fitter, stronger and is showing what he is capable of.
“Some of the treatment he got from Jose Mourinho was degrading – I didn't like to see it.”
Shaw started on the bench against the Hammers but came on to help seal their progression into the quarter final.
However, before the match he spoke to BBC about his transformation from flop to first-team regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – admitting again that it was 'very hard' under Mourinho.
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He said: “I always believed in myself.
“There were times where maybe people were thinking ‘maybe he could leave’, but I always believed that one day I would be able to fight my way back into the team and show people what my qualities are.”
Mourinho once said about Shaw before a game against Swansea: “Luke Shaw told me this morning that he was not in the condition to play so we had to build a defensive line.
“There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.”
And following a draw at Everton in 2017, the Portuguese said: “He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. He has to change his football brain.”
When addressing Mourinho’s criticism of him, Shaw added: “It was difficult because I wasn't able to get my word across.
“A lot of people were behind me here, so I knew I had that backing, but I just needed to keep my head down and keep quiet.
“People were saying negative things about me but I just look back at it as a learning curve and something that has improved me as a person off the pitch, not just on it.”
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