Tensions between Jose Mourinho and his young defender Luke Shaw haven’t passed anybody by in the last week, and the player’s brief cameo against Everton looked to be a positive sign.
Shaw was brought on by Mourinho in the latter stages and managed to have considerable impact upon the tie, firing a goal-bound effort in the dying moments of to force Ashley Williams into making a crucial handball error and giving away a penalty.
Following the full-time whistle Mourinho offered praise for the 21-year-old, but not before outlining how Shaw’s decent performance was due to the manager doing all of his thinking for him.
He had a good performance which was his body with my brain,’ Mourinho explained. ‘Because he was in front of me and I was making every decision for him, Mourinho said at the full-time whistle, as reported by the MEN.
‘And the communication was possible because we were very close but I was thinking for him. When to close inside, when to open, when to go in there, when to press the opponent,’ he added.
But Mourinho then went on to outline just how his input had helped Shaw out on the pitch, implying the defender worked well to take on board his manager’s in-match advice but must learn to actually play for himself and naturally think in the way Mourinho demands.
‘I was making every decision for him and at this level we need the fantastic body he has to play football, the fantastic physical qualities he has, the very good technical ability he has but he cannot play with my understanding of the game.
‘He must understand the game, he must think and he must accelerate the process because 21-years-old is old enough to have a better understanding of the game,’ said Mourinho.
‘But his contribution was good, he improved the team, he gave us immediately after 30 seconds he was in a scoring position or an assist position.
‘It was good for him, he goes today with a positive feeling because his performance was very positive and I’m happy with what he gave us,’ he added.