Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Luke Shaw for his Euro 2020 performances – and admits he might have been too harsh on him at Manchester United.
Having missed out on a starting place in the group opener against Croatia, the 26-year-old started the remaining six matches for England as they reached a first final in 55 years.
Shaw, who laid on three assists for his teammates during the competition, netted inside two minutes as the Three Lions took on Italy in the Wembley showpiece. It was his first ever goal in an England shirt and the quickest ever goal in a European Championship final.
Italy ultimately won the trophy on penalties after the match finished 1-1, and the United left-back will need time to get over the disappointment to fully appreciate what he achieved this summer
Now his former manager at Old Trafford admits he has been highly impressed with the Southampton graduate after years of picking on the 26-year-old.
“People think I don’t like Luke Shaw. I have to say, [he had an] amazing tournament. A fantastic final,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.
“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. Other times I can create empathy with the player and get the best out of them,” Mourinho added.
Other times the best way to get the best out of them is not to create empathy and try 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.”