Luke Shaw has offered an excellent response to more criticism from his former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho by suggesting his best days as a manager may be over and by asking: “Why do I still live in his head?”
England are preparing to face Germany in a crucial last-16 match that at Wembley on Tuesday. Shaw looks a likely to keep his place in the side, though the Three Lions have practiced with a back three for the game.
Nonetheless, Shaw goes into the match with more criticism from Mourinho in his ear.
“The only negative thing I would say is they were very poor on attacking corners,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.
“The service was dramatically bad. They have so many good players to attack corners.
“Luke Shaw, in my opinion, very good tonight but very poor on the corner. Kalvin Phillips, the same.”
But that has prompted a clever response from Shaw, who has hit back at his former boss.
“I don’t really understand it, to be honest,” he said.
“I don’t know why he is still going on and wanting to point at me. I don’t feel like the set-pieces were as bad as he was saying.
“I might have done one in the second half, a corner, that didn’t get over the first man. But that was one out of three. The other two or three, I don’t think, were as ‘dramatically bad’ as he says.
“Look, he has got to do his job. He has got his opinion. I am used to him saying negative stuff about me now, so I just pass it by. I leave it be, I ignore it. I just focus on what the coaching staff say here, what Gareth says and that’s that, really.
“His voice is obviously very big. He likes to talk a lot about me, as everyone has seen recently. But his voice is his own. He can say what he wants.
“I will focus on myself. I take set-pieces at United, so it wasn’t as if it was something I wasn’t ready for.”
Shaw hints Mourinho past his best
The comments were just the latest in a long line of criticisms Shaw has faced from Mourinho over the years.
Shaw has since revealed his England teammates have even noticed that he seems to be unduly criticised by Mourinho and suggested the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss’ managerial days may now be behind him.
“There is no hiding that we didn’t get on,” he added.
“I think he was a brilliant manager but, you know, the past is the past. It is time to move on. I am trying to move on but, obviously, he can’t.
“He continuously talks about me, which I find quite strange. Even some of the lads have said ‘what’s his problem?’ and ‘why does he keep talking?’
“He just needs to move on. Hopefully he can find his peace with that and finally move on and stop worrying about me. Clearly I am in his head a lot and he clearly thinks about me a lot.”
Asked if he can now laugh off any fresh criticism, Shaw added: “Yes, because I don’t think any of you realise the two or three years I had with him and how bad it was then, what it was like then.
“What he says now is nothing compared to how it used to be. I am being totally honest. I am so past it now. I have grown up a lot.
“The three years I had with him, I learnt a lot. I find it easy to ignore him now and even laugh about it. But it’s better just to ignore it and move on with my life.”