Luke Shaw has vowed to prove Jose Mourinho wrong following the Manchester United manager’s public criticism of him.
In early April, Mourinho voiced his concerns with Shaw’s “focus and ambition”, claiming the 21-year-old was “a long way behind” some of his team-mates at Old Trafford.
The criticism came after the left-back, who suffered a double-leg fracture in September 2015, made just one appearance for United since the end of January, with Mourinho opting to select Under-21 squad players over the England international.
Shaw has since returned to the United squad following a frank discussion with Mourinho, featuring in their last two Premier League fixtures Everton and Sunderland.
And, speaking exclusively to Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves, the defender revealed Mourinho’s criticism has galvanised him like never before.
“The criticism was very hard but I’ve had it before,” Shaw said. “But this time around I dealt with it better.
“When I first came to United there was a lot of discussion about me and that was hard, it was something that was new to me. I was used to positive feedback and comments in the media but coming to United everything changed, there was negativity.
“I took that badly and it knocked me down a bit but this time I’ve come back wanting to fight and I want to prove everyone wrong.
“I said to the manager ‘I’m going to prove you wrong’. I believe and want to do that, not just for myself but for the fans that have been behind me and supported me through this time.”
“At the end of my meeting with the manager I said ‘I’m going to prove you wrong’. I believe and want to do that, not just for myself but for the fans that have been behind me and supported me through this time.
“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I want to push for the best from me.
“I wished the season wasn’t coming to an end, I wish it was the start, because I want to play games and games and hopefully I can keep giving good performances and keep my spot in the team and push for the Europa League and top four.”
Shaw was handed his first start in five weeks in United’s 3-0 victory at Sunderland last weekend, playing 61 minutes on Wearside.
His display prompted a public show of approval from Mourinho, who put his arm around him as he left the field.
Shaw stopped short of describing his performance at the Stadium of Light as the turning point of his recent troubles but claimed it was the start.