Luke Shaw never considered leaving Manchester United during some dark days in his career when Jose Mourinho was in charge .
Shaw has emerged as one of United’s most important players this term under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, firmly establishing himself as the club’s first-choice left-back following the arrival of Alex Telles from Porto last year
Mourinho was publicly critical of Shaw on more than one occasion during his United tenure. In 2017 Mourinho took credit for a positive performance by Shaw in a draw with Everton, saying, “he had a good performance but it was his body with my brain.” A year later Mourinho hooked Shaw at half-time of an FA Cup game against Brighton, appearing to question the defender’s personality while carrying out his post-match media commitments.
“It was a very hard time a couple of years back when I wasn’t playing, when I wasn’t even involved,” Shaw told BBC Sport. “I always believed in myself. There were times where maybe people were thinking ‘maybe he could leave’, but I always believed that one day I would be able to fight my way back into the team and show people what my qualities are. I feel like I am starting to do that now but there is still more to come. I’m still quite young and have time to improve.”
What Mourinho said about Shaw’s performance against Everton in 2017
“It was difficult because I wasn’t able to get my word across. A lot of people were behind me here, so I knew I had that backing, but I just needed to keep my head down and keep quiet. People were saying negative things about me but I just look back at it as a learning curve and something that has improved me as a person off the pitch, not just on it.
“You always have some doubts. I have been very unfortunate to pick up the injuries I have had but I’ve always believed I can be an important player here. You want to be here and showing people what you can do. Hopefully I can keep doing that and proving people wrong.”