The ongoing saga between Luke Shaw and Jose Mourinho took a new twist with news of what the full-back asked his boss after being hooked at half-time against Brighton.
The Daily Mail reveals that troubled Shaw, 22, demanded of Mourinho: “Why are you always picking on me?”
Mourinho apparently told the former Southampton defender he was not defending well enough and Brighton were having too much freedom down United’s left flank in the FA Cup tie.
It was not the first time the two men have clashed.
Shaw had recently sought assurances over his first-team opportunities after United’s 3-2 comeback win at Crystal Palace when he came on as a 67th-minute substitute.
But Mourinho rounded angrily on him in a meeting at United’s training complex.
Last season he was blamed by Mourinho for one of the goals in a 3-1 United defeat at Watford. In the summer Mourinho insisted Shaw was “way behind” in the pecking order.
He questioned his commitment and training and ambition cannot be compared to United’s other left-back options.
Shaw fought back to plays five games back-to-back for the first time since breaking his leg in 2014 to win glowing praise from Moutinho, who said:
“I can say that in this moment I don’t see many left backs better than this Luke Shaw.”
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But then came the Palace and Brighton games and more problems for the former England player.
Shaw is said to have branded his treatment by Mourinho “an absolute disgrace” and “disgusting+.
All of which casts great doubt over Shaw’s future at Old Trafford with just over a year left on his £70,000-a-week contract.