Tuesday 17 January 2017

Liverpool star comes out in support of Luke Shaw over Jose Mourinho comments

Published 14/11/2016 | 11:48

Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg during Manchester United’s game against PSV in September last year
Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg during Manchester United’s game against PSV in September last year

Luke Shaw has received a voice of support from Liverpool’s Adam Lallana in the face of apparent criticism from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

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Shaw and fellow United and England defender Chris Smalling were the subject of Mourinho’s post-match rant following the 3-1 win over Swansea in the Premier League.

The two missed the victory at the Liberty Stadium through injury, leaving Mourinho forced to play a makeshift defence of Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young.

That caused Mourinho to question their resolve, saying: “In every sport, many times you play and you are not 100 per cent.

“To compete, you have to go to the limits. It’s a cultural thing for some, and that’s not my culture.

“There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for who a little pain can make a difference. For the team you have to do anything.”

But Lallana, who played with the 21-year-old at Southampton, rejected that claim and insisted Shaw is both physically and mentally tough after recovering from a broken leg that caused him to miss 10 months of football.

"I was with Luke Shaw at Southampton," he told the Daily Star.

"He's a very strong boy. He's had a horrific leg injury. You don't come back from that without being mentally and physically strong.

"You don't come back from a leg break like he had without having difficult times mentally on your own."

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