Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs to face Manchester United in semi-final showdown
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2018,
Mar 20, 2018, 23:02
The Red Devils are in second place in the Premier League table, but are a massive 16 points behind league leaders and rivals Manchester City.
"I didn't like the game".
This was the latest occasion the manager had given Shaw a public admonishment, with Mourinho previous year claiming he had to be the player's brain during a win at Everton. There is no reason a 22 year old athlete should be overweight and lack fitness with all the facilities on offer to players in today's game.
That's according to the Sun at least, because they claim that the two-time Champions League victor has already identified a replacement for Shaw.
He said: "This was a massive year for him as well because he could have been the one to be going to World Cup at left back".
With all that on his agenda, the Old Trafford chief still has the headache of getting the best out £89million Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, who have both been well below par all season.
After Manchester United famously won their treble in May 1999 in Barcelona, it felt like the team and its boss Sir Alex Ferguson were suddenly on top of the world.
The United defender was last week linked with a move to Everton.
There is also uncertainty surrounding the futures of Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, as well as the stalled negotiations with Marouane Fellaini. It is very hard to work with him because he always wants more and more.
It is indicated that Shaw, who had a 12-month option in his contract triggered, may not be allowed to leave on his own accord.
The 55-year-old has previously questioned the commitment and motivation of Shaw, and his former academy manager at Southampton Jason Dodd has spoken on that subject to BBC 5 live Sport.
"There are always choice words for a manager to single out players, it has happened since football began".
The Argentina defender last week signed a new deal with United until 2021.
This is a squad built by four managers - Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho - and it is imbalanced and largely unremarkable, despite an investment of over £600 million on players. United, looking to make amends after their feeble Champions League defeat by Sevilla, struggled to impose themselves against Brighton before Lukaku broke the deadlock by heading home Matic's curling, left-foot cross at the far post after 37 minutes.