Jose Mourinho criticises Luke Shaw for Manchester United performance against Brighton after hauling him off at half-time

The left-back was hauled off at half-time following a resurgence from Brighton down the right-hand side.

United were 1-0 up at the time but that still didn’t stop Mourinho from taking action.

And the Special One has now laid bare his thoughts on Shaw’s performance, with the England international most likely facing another spell out of the side as a result.

Mourinho ranted: “I wanted to defend better. I wanted more personality in the team, because many, many times I felt [Nemanja] Matic was an island.

“He was surrounded by a lack of personality, a lack of class and a lack of desire.”


Mourinho was seen throughout most of the first-half barking orders at Shaw, who found it difficult getting up and down the pitch to support his midfielders and forwards.

It marks a bizarre U-turn from Mourinho, who earlier this year hailed Shaw as one of the best players in his position.

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The Portuguese tactician said in January: “He’s good, solid, physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding the game much better and what we need in different phases and circumstances.

“I’m really happy and [looking at the transfer market], I can say that in this moment I don’t see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw.”

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