Mourinho accuses Manchester United of being scared to play

Ivan Schwartz
March 21, 2018

After being substituted at half-time in United's 2-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup on Saturday, Shaw was publicly criticised by Mourinho for his poor defending. You've just got to work hard.

"He was specifically asked about that, and he said it was a tactical decision and implied those things he'd generalised about I think he was more individualising it to Luke Shaw, and I think that's what he tried to get across".

And Mourinho was clearly delighted by the performance of the Serbia global as his sparkling display helped the Red Devils to book their place in the FA Cup semi-finals at the expense of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Brighton are 12th in the Premier League standings, six points clear of the relegation zone with eight matches remaining.

"I have to say that for example McTominay lost more passes today in all the matches he played put together but he was a Manchester United player". It is tough. I've always said, when you join a club like United it's a tough place to play at.

Former Saints youth academy director Jason Dodd said Shaw is a "fantastic player" but needs to be pushed "constantly".

"I still believe he could be the best in the world and in the summer he could go to Tottenham or somewhere and he could improve".

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The club is also expected to field offers for Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Andreas Pereira.

Indeed so impressive has Young's form been that he has been included in Gareth Southgate's England squad for friendlies later this month against the Netherlands and Italy.

"I think not", he admitted. "I hope we can win this competition".

"It's obviously credit to the manager (Mourinho)". The FA Cup is very important in England and we will fight to the end.

So if he wanted to have a go at someone who wouldn't take it well, he would instead direct it at me or Rory Delap, or whoever was closest to him. "It keeps going on and on but he isn't playing games". "And because some of them were mentally strong enough and with the football quality to play, was the reason why we won".

He continued: "When I spend two days working on the training pitch and attacking players are hiding and not wanting the ball between the lines I have to feel frustrated".

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