Mourinho slams United's 'lack of personality, class and desire'

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A fit Luke Shaw should have made the left back spot his own at Manchester United.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was the only Manchester United player to escape getting thrown under the bus by manager Jose Mourinho yesterday after the team's 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

The former England forward said: "You look at the way United play, and the last time a Mourinho team played when you thought it was incredible was his second spell with Chelsea until halfway through the season. It's always hard for a team to be knocked out of a competition, but we showed the character to bounce back and not let anything faze us".

And Young, speaking while on global duty with England, then backed Mourinho's actions with Shaw, claiming his methods can not be questioned.

It is clear Mourinho has tried everything in his power to help the player but if the player does not want to help himself then the Portuguese boss has a massive job to do at Manchester United and he can not wait for Shaw to realise what he is throwing away.

However, after Shaw "did something new" in Mourinho's eyes by playing through pain against Anderlecht, foot ligament damage sustained in a home game against Swansea was again treated with a withering tone.

"It was hard for us after the defeat against Sevilla, of course we were very sad after the game".

After the Red Devils' shock exit to Sevilla in the week in the Champions League, their only avenue into next year's premier European qualification is a top four position.

Mourinho knows the potential risks that come with singling players out for public criticism, but at United he also knows he is on safe ground when doing so.

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It is why they will back him to get it right, but Mourinho will be given the benefit of the doubt for only so long.

Talk of Mourinho bullying Shaw is largely exaggerated.

Yes injuries have blighted the player's career to date but they alone can not be blamed for the lack of progression the player has made in his short career to date.

'That is how you get him going.

"I don't think I saw a lot of that tonight".

Shaw was withdrawn from the 2-0 victory at half-time, and Mourinho said after the match he "was not happy with his performance", per Simon Stone of BBC Sport.

The 22-year-old joined from Southampton in 2014 in what was then a world-record deal for a teenager, fresh from being named in the PFA Team of the Year and becoming the youngest player at the World Cup in Brazil.

"So, I think the natural effect is that he will have his [new] contract and he will be a Manchester United player for years".

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