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​Man Utd legends Neville, Keane agree over Mourinho & Shaw debate

Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane were in total agreement regarding the debate on Luke Shaw and Jose Mourinho.

When Mourinho was in charge at United, he appeared to develop a personal dislike for left back Shaw, often criticizing his effort and performances.

As Shaw emerges as one of the best left backs in the world for club and country, the two pundits spoke about the situation during England's Euro 2020 semi final win over Denmark on Wednesday.

"Obviously Mourinho was really hard on him, but in fairness to Mourinho, he's probably just trying to motivate him," Keane said on ITV.

"Okay, it probably didn't work, but Shaw wasn't playing well, he probably wasn't fit enough.

"What's happened to him over the last year or two is he's played regularly, he's played consistently.

"We all know how good he is going forward, that's never been in question. The question mark has been with his fitness and how he does defensively.

"He's improved, but it's about time for him. He's 25, sometimes the penny drops, he's a lot fitter now.

"I'm sure if you spoke to Mourinho now he might say: 'maybe I could have done something different', but the guy is in top form now and deserves credit.

"Every player has his ups and downs, he's now playing with great confidence."

Neville added: "I think Jose was harsh on him and he was never going to respond to that, Luke Shaw, because of the type of character he is.

"But, if Luke was honest with himself, which I know he would be, there were things he wasn't doing right at the time which were contributing towards his lack of performance and injuries.

"Now you can say he's matured, he's doing the right things, but you do need to look after Luke Shaw, there's no doubt about it.

"He responds to Gareth Southgate, and he responds to Mauricio Pochettino.

"Shaw's not going to respond to Mourinho, fact, but he still had some things he had to sort out himself."

"I guarantee he still took some pointers off Mourinho," Keane finished.

"Managers have to be tough with players sometimes, they don't like it, but I bet the penny dropped with some of the things he said to him."


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