Mourinho finally agrees he was wrong in how he managed Luke Shaw

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Jose Mourinho was in charge of Manchester United between 2017 and 2019 before he was axed from the job.

Mourinho fell out with a bulk of his players and reportedly lost the dressing room. One player he lost it with the most was Luke Shaw.

Mourinho was always critical of Shaw and hung him to dry during his press conferences. Shaw never picked form under Jose, but has looked a beast of a player under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Mourinho has now looked back and admitted that he made a mistake in his approach to handling Shaw.

“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.”