Shaw hits back at Mourinho criticism: “Clearly I’m in his head”

Luke Shaw has hit back at Jose Mourinho‘s criticism of him and says that his former manager should “finally move on”.

Mourinho managed Shaw at Manchester United between 2016 and 2018 – and the pair are well-known to have had a rocky relationship.

The left-back was in and out of the team under the Portuguese boss and struggled for form at times.

After a Premier League game with Everton, Mourinho claimed that Shaw was using “his body with my brain“.

Now, speaking as a pundit for talkSPORT throughout Euro 2020, the 58-year-old has been critical of Shaw’s set-piece delivery for England.

He said that Shaw was “very good” against Czech Republic on Tuesday, but was “very poor on the corner”.

Shaw has since had his say on his former manager’s comments, explaining that he doesn’t “really understand” the criticism.

Shaw on Mourinho comments

He said: “I don’t really understand it, to be honest.

“I don’t know why he is still going on and wanting to point at me. I don’t feel like the set-pieces were as bad as he was saying.

“I might have done one in the second half, a corner, that didn’t get over the first man. But that was one out of three. The other two or three I don’t think were as ‘dramatically’ bad as he says.”

“Look, he has got to do his job. He has got his opinion,” he added.

“I am used to him saying negative stuff about me now, so I just pass it by. I leave it be, I ignore it.

“I just focus on what the coaching staff say here, what Gareth says and that’s that really.”

Shaw then addressed his strained relationship with Mourinho, and questioned why the newly-appointed Roma boss “continuously talks” about him.

He said: “There is no hiding that we didn’t get on.

“I think he was a brilliant manager but, you know, the past is the past. It is time to move on. I am trying to move on but obviously he can’t. He continuously talks about me, which I find quite strange.

“Even some of the lads have said ‘what’s his problem?’ and ‘why he does he keep talking?’

“He just needs to move on. Hopefully he can find his peace with that and finally move on and stop worrying about me. Clearly I am in his head a lot and he clearly thinks about me a lot.”

He later added: “What he says now is nothing compared to how it used to be. I am being totally honest. I am so past it now. I have grown up a lot.

“The three years with him, I learnt a lot. I find it easy to ignore him now and even laugh about it. But it’s better just to ignore it and move on with my life.”

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