Luke Shaw risks Mourinho wrath with Pochettino praise

Matt Stead

Luke Shaw has stated that he hopes to play for Mauricio Pochettino again one day.

Shaw enjoyed the best years of his footballing career under Pochettino at Southampton, the left-back being named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in the 2013/14 season.

Both then parted ways, with Shaw joining Manchester United and Pochettino being appointed manager at Tottenham.

Shaw has struggled at Old Trafford however, with a leg break curtailing his development. It is reported that, under Mourinho, he feels his career at the club is ‘effectively over’.

The 22-year-old might be in further hot water with the Portuguese after Shaw’s latest comments on Pochettino.

In the epilogue for Guillem Balague’s new book, ‘Brave New World’, on Pochettino and Spurs, the left-back poured praise on his former manager.

‘I think with Southampton he achieved the impossible,’ Shaw wrote. ‘We were one of the best footballing teams in the league… I do hope that I can play for him again one day. And I think he really wants me to play under him again.

‘He used to call me his son, that’s how good our relationship was. I’ve had lots of ups and downs, but when I was with Pochettino it was only ever up, up, up.

‘He made me feel that I was the best. He’d show me clips of my games and say, “You should do this better”. Not in a horrible way. Not I could have done better, but I should have done better, because he knows I can be better.’