Jose Mourinho admits he was ‘too harsh’ on Luke Shaw during their time together at Manchester United.
Shaw was one of United’s key players under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season and the left-back carried his form through to Euro 2020 where he was one of England’s star performers.
The 26-year-old registered three assists during the tournament, while he also scored England’s early opening goal in the final against Italy.
Mourinho, however, has been critical of Shaw during Euro 2020, while the former United manager was also scathing of the left-back’s performances during his time at Old Trafford.
But Mourinho now concedes that his approach to managing Shaw at United may have been the wrong one.
‘I always tried to find what I considered to be the weakness of the player and sometimes I’m successful, other times I’m not,’ Mourinho explained to talkSPORT.
‘Other times I can create empathy with the player and get the best out of them.
‘Other times the best way to get the best out of them is not to create empathy and is to try to to create some friction and to put pressure on the player.
‘Maybe I was too harsh with him and he was not ready for that.
‘The injury was such an incredible injury but I think in this moment where the country looks to him, and deservedly, as a left-back for the national team.
‘From my side, I can only say congratulations to him because he did it by himself. For sure with the help and support of his coaches in the club and in the national team.
‘I still think that he has more to give because his potential is good and now he is defending well, he knows how to defend space inside which was a weakness for him.
‘His defence transition when he goes forward and the team loses the ball, his recovery back, he shows a much better intensity.
‘Going forward he is more confident, better crosses.’
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