Tuesday 21 November 2017

Jose Mourinho finally finds some praise for Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw contributed substantially to a win which heaps pressure on Arsenal ahead of the north London club’s match at Crystal Palace tonight. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Luke Shaw contributed substantially to a win which heaps pressure on Arsenal ahead of the north London club’s match at Crystal Palace tonight. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho finally issued some praise for Luke Shaw as the England defender contributed substantially to a win which heaps pressure on Arsenal ahead of their match at Crystal Palace tonight.

United leapfrogged Arsenal, who are sixth in the pursuit of a top-four finish and Shaw impressed, starting only his second Premier League game since October at the end of a week in which Mourinho accused him of failing to think for himself.

The Portuguese admitted that the 21-year-old was "reading the game well" in the 3-0 win at a seemingly doomed Sunderland. "He played well, played solid," Mourinho said. "The opposition was not creating big problems but he was solid and was confident with the ball, going forward with some danger. He was reading the game well to go to [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan when he was inside," Mourinho said. "He played really well."

Shaw was booked in the first-half and Mourinho said he substituted him around the hour mark to remove any risk of dismissal from referee Craig Powson who was "under pressure" having sent off Sunderland's Seb Larsson on 43 minutes.

"I thought about a half-time change but thought it was too harsh for [Shaw]," Mourinho added. "I wanted him to play a little bit more. So 2-0, one hour [gone], the crowd was putting the referee under pressure - no risk. We need him to be available for the next match."

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