Mourinho explains surprise decision to drop Luke Shaw

Date published: Sunday 21st January 2018 11:31

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained why he chose to drop Luke Shaw against Burnley.

Mourinho hailed Shaw in his pre-match press conference on Friday, suggesting that he “doesn’t see many better left-backs” in football today.

But 24 hours later the England international was on the bench against Burnley as Ashley Young was handed a start at Old Trafford.

Shaw, who Arsenal reportedly asked for in exchange for Alexis Sanchez, has slowly worked his way back into first-team contention this season after a difficult 18 months under Mourinho.

The Portuguese insists this was no setback in his development.

“I’m really happy with Luke,” Mourinho told MUTV. “As I said yesterday, I don’t need to go to the transfer market to get a left-back because I’m really happy with Luke and with the adaptation of Ashley Young so I’m really happy.

“But I think this match is a very specific one and one that you need the experience of Young and he also projects very well in attack.

“That’s a decision [you make] when you have two players and a good squad, and you can adapt.”

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