Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Holds Clear-the-Air Talks With Star Player

Tom Roddy
Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Holds Clear-the-Air Talks With Star Player

Luke Shaw is expected to be in the Manchester United squad to face Everton on Tuesday after holding peace talks with Jose Mourinho, according to reports.

Mourinho strongly criticized the 21-year-old defender on Saturday, following a 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion, saying he is a “long way behind” other options at left-back.

“The way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition, I cannot compare. He’s a long way behind,” Mourinho said, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

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But, according to The Times, the two men held a meeting on Monday at the club’s training ground that led to Shaw’s inclusion in Mourinho’s squad for Tuesday’s Premier League tie at Old Trafford.

Shaw is only expected to feature on the substitutes’ bench. He has played one Premier League game since October 2016 after falling out of favor under Mourinho.

The former Southampton defender was signed by Louis van Gaal in 2014 for £27 million (about $34 million) but his future at Manchester United has been called into doubt.

Mourinho’s team needs a win on Tuesday to keep up the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool for a place in the top four and a Champions League position.

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