Manchester United players have been left shocked by Jose Mourinho’s criticism of Luke Shaw, according to reports.
Mourinho singled out Shaw following United’s 3-1 defeat at Watford, criticising the left-back’s role in the hosts’ second goal.
According to The Times, the England international was struggling with injury at the time of the goal after aggravating a groin problem.
However, Mourinho failed to mention Shaw’s injury after the match, and the report suggests his team-mates cannot believe the treatment of a player who has “suffered with physical and mental frailties throughout his short career” – which could be another sign that the ‘Special One’s’ aura is damaged.
The 20-year-old was dogged by hamstring issues in his first season at Old Trafford and missed the majority of last season after suffering a horrific leg break.
Meanwhile, Shaw is understood to have regular sessions with a sports psychologist after finding the pressure of playing for United hard to deal with.
While in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho advised the Blues against pressing ahead with a £28million move for the former Southampton starlet, insisting Shaw was not worth the outlay.