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Luke Shaw Finally Opens Up On "Very Hard Time" Under Jose Mourinho At Manchester United

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Luke Shaw Finally Opens Up On "Very Hard Time" Under Jose Mourinho At Manchester United

Luke Shaw has opened up about his relationship with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho - admitting he had a "very difficult time."

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Mourinho was never convinced by Shaw during his tenure and he singled out the full-back for criticism quite regularly.

The 25-year-old has managed to move on however and has become an important part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

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"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 per MEN prior to Tuesday's 1-0 win over West Ham.

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"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."

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Mourinho would regularly bring Shaw off in games without reason and even claimed the former Southampton man was once "playing with his brain."

Following a draw against Everton in 2017, the Portuguese coach remarked: He [Shaw] had a good performance, but it was his body with my brain. He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him."

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Shaw was hit hard by the public belittling but knew he had support in the United hierarchy.

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"It was difficult because I wasn't able to get my word across," Shaw continued. "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.

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"You want to be here and showing people what you can do. Hopefully I can keep doing that and proving people wrong."

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So far this season, Shaw has five assists in 26 appearances in all competitions.

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Topics: Football News, Jose Mourinho, Football, Manchester United, Man U, Man utd, Premier League, Luke Shaw

Daniel Marland
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