Shaw admits to having ‘no confidence’ under Mourinho

Lewis Oldham
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Luke Shaw pitch side with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in 2017.

Luke Shaw also praised Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for helping him get back to his best this season.

The left-back made his first-team debut for Southampton when he was just 16. He went onto play 60 times for them in the Premier League between 2012 and 2014.

Man United made him the most expensive teenager in football as they signed him in June 2014 for around £30m.

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Shaw has had troubles with injuries at United and he was often at the brunt of criticism from Mourinho during his time at the club.

But the defender has enjoyed a career resurgence this season under Solskjaer. He has already played 36 times this term and he is a contender for their Player of the Year award.

His fine form in 2020/21 tempted Gareth Southgate to recall him into the England fold. Shaw told Sky Sports that he was “losing [his] belief” when Mourinho was at United:

“I don’t want to come across like I was a little kid who could not deal with being put under pressure because at a big club like Manchester United. You are always going to be under pressure and under the spotlight. That makes you mentally stronger.

“But I had no confidence at that time. I was losing my belief. I think that is what changed with Ole. He managed me right and I got my confidence back and I am really enjoying it at the moment.

“Enjoyment and confidence. For me, they are the two biggest things you need on the pitch. You need that belief in your ability to perform at the highest level. I feel I have that now.

“He deals with situations perfectly in terms of what is needed, especially at a big club like Manchester United.

“He takes the pressure off the lads and takes it all himself. Sometimes it is not fair because we are the ones on the pitch and we need to take our fair share too. For me, especially, from what I had before Ole came in, it is a total difference. It has pushed me to a new level.”