'I'll fight to the last' - Luke Shaw bites back at Jose Mourinho
Luke Shaw has vowed to ‘fight to the last’ to prove manager Jose Mourinho wrong and insisted he is not ready to give up on making a success of his career at Manchester United.
Mourinho suggested Shaw was lacking in commitment to the United cause last weekend and then hinted his 21-year-old full-back lacked the football brain to play at the highest level of the game after his encouraging display in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Everton.
Mourinho came under fire from many observers after his latest round of negative comments, but Shaw seems eager to prove his manager wrong in comments that suggest he is ready to battle for his future at United.
“I am keeping my head up and I am going to fight to the last,” states Shaw.
“I’m not going to give up. I am working really hard at the moment, especially now more than ever.
“I am going through a phase where everything is sort of going against me, but I want this so badly. I want to prove everyone wrong.
“Obviously with the stuff that has been going on it is hard for me to take because deep down that is not me as a person.
“Like Jose said, he wants to see me fighting – and I will fight to the last second because I want to be here for the club. I want to play for the manager and I want to help this team get back to the top.”
Shaw went on to suggest he has been suffering watching United from the sidelines, with Mourinho preferring to pick experienced players to fill the full-back roles instead of the youthful Shaw.
“I have missed being on the pitch so much,” he added. |I am loving it here at United, the fans are incredible and have been incredible the last couple of days for obviously what has been going on. But I am keeping my head up and I am going to fight to the last. I am not going to give up.
“The fans have been so good to me and, like I said, especially the last sort of two days. That’s why I love them.
“It is easy for them to see those comments and turn on me, do you know what I mean? But the passion they have always shown to me is amazing and something I don’t and won’t forget for a long time because it means a lot to me.
“I don’t want to let them down and I’ll fight for each and every one of the fans as well.”
Meanwhile, former United physio Matt Radcliffe has accused Mourinho of ‘bullying’ Shaw, with the respected medic who worked with the defender at Southampton and United suggesting the treatment being handed down to him is unfair.
“I’m not sure what Mourinho is trying to do by coming out in the media and constantly having a pop at Luke,” Radcliffe told ESPN FC.
“Some people would see it as bullying of a young player, but Luke will not see it like that.
"I know him and comments like this will just make him even more determined to get back into the United team.
“He has not come out in the media and made any comments about the manager in the media and he will not go down that road because he is not that type of lad. Luke Shaw just wants to play football and we all know that he will make his mark at United if he gets his chance.”