Luke Shaw has opened up about his discussion with Jose Mourinho earlier this month, revealing that he told the Portuguese he was going to prove him wrong.
It was recently revealed that, following the 54-year-old’s public criticism of Shaw, the pair had a private discussion ahead of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton.
He was then recalled to the squad for the clash with Ronald Koeman’s side and duly impressed supporters with an energetic cameo before producing another promising performance against Sunderland.
And Shaw, speaking to Sky Sports, made it clear that the chat with Mourinho had been hugely productive.
“I had a really good chat with him after those sort of words came out,” he said. “And I totally agree with him and I will do whatever he wants.
“I’ve always been a hard worker but I think if I look back I wasn’t doing as hard as he likes and, like I said, we had a really good talk, he discussed what he wanted from me and I think even in a week-and-a-half I’ve seen a massive change in myself not just on the pitch, on the training ground, but off it as well.
“And it’s my time to fight until the end of the season and show the boss what I can do and what I can bring to help his team.
“I remember having the meeting with him and telling him at the end: ‘I’m going to prove you wrong because I believe and I want to do that. Not just for myself but the fans that have been behind me and sent me really nice messages and support me through this time.”
“And now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I want to push for the best from me and I’ve said in an interview before I wish the season wasn’t coming to the end, I wish it was the start because I just want to play games now and hopefully I can keep giving good performances and keep my spot in the team, push for the Europa League title and the top four.”
One of the worst things that can develop in any working relationship is ambiguity – a sense of uncertainty over where you stand with the person in charge. And such was the case between Shaw and Mourinho for some time: the Englishman bumbled along in uncomfortable obscurity, unsure over how close he was to the starting XI, whilst his manager – seemingly occupied with other aspects of his job – continually failed to address the issue.
But now the situation is clear: the pair are on the same page ahead of a potentially explosive end to the season. Shaw is going to receive chances and, in turn, demonstrate exactly what he can do to the Portuguese and hope that he remains in his thinking ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.