'I’m going to prove you wrong’ - Luke Shaw comes out fighting after Jose Mourinho's public criticism
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has vowed to win over his manager Jose Mourinho, after honestly accepting his boss was right to question his attitude and desire.
In a passionate interview with Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves, Shaw opened up on the public criticism that Mourinho has thrown his way in recent weeks, with United boss questioning the full-back’s mental strength and desire.
Shaw has now admitted that he ‘took his foot off the pedal’ after he returned from a double leg break last season, with these comments likely to be welcomed by Mourinho, who urged the defender to show some fight in his battle to get back into the United team during a meeting at the club’s training ground earlier this month.
“I had a really good chat with him (after the criticism) and I totally agree with him - I will do whatever he wants,” stated Shaw.
“I’ve always been a hard worker but maybe, if I look back, maybe I wasn’t working as hard as he likes. I got too comfortable. At the start of the season, I was in the team and I took my foot off the pedal and that is my fault.
“We had a really good talk and he discussed what he wanted from me and even in a week-and-a-half I’ve seen a massive change in myself, not just on the pitch but off it as well.
“Now it’s my time to fight until the end of the season and show the boss what I can bring to help his team.
“At the end of my meeting with the manager I said; ‘I’m going to prove you wrong’. I believe and want to do that, not just for myself but for the fans that have been behind me and supported me through this time.
“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I want to push for the best from me. You could say I’ve turned the corner but I’d say I’m at the start of turning the corner.”
Mourinho came under fire for his public criticism of Shaw, but it appears the 21-year-old has been motivated by his shaming after he was handed a rare start by the United boss in last Sunday’s Premier League game at Sunderland.
“The criticism was very hard, but I’ve had it before,” Shaw continued. “This time around I dealt with it better.
“When I first came to United there was a lot of discussion about me and that was hard, it was something that was new to me. I was used to positive feedback and comments in the media but coming to United everything changed, there was negativity.
“I took that badly and it knocked me down a bit but this time I’ve come back wanting to fight and I want to prove everyone wrong.
“When he said ‘good performance’ when I came off the pitch (at Sunderland) it made me feel better as a person and more confident than I already was.”
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