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Luke Shaw unhappy with Jose Mourinho's criticism - reports

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Shaw has made a successful comeback from serious injury this season
Shaw has made a successful comeback from serious injury this season

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is reported to be "baffled" by claims from his manager Jose Mourinho that he is reluctant to play through the pain barrier for the good of his team.

Mourinho's revealed that Shaw and his team-mate Chris Smalling decided not to play in last Sunday's game at Swansea citing injury concerns, with the United boss unimpressed by their stance.

“Chris Smalling doesn’t feel he can play 100 per cent with his pain and Luke Shaw this morning told me he was not in condition to play,” stated Mourinho after his side's 3-1 win at Swnasea.

“There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.

“Of course, it is not just the players, it is the players and the people that surround the players.”

Now there are suggestions from sources close to Shaw that is not happy with Mourinho's very public criticisms of his attitude, which come after earlier snipes at his performance in the defeat at Watford back in September.

Shaw has recovered from an horrific leg break last season to make a successful return to the United first team, but Mourinho's comments have cast a shadow over his future at United.

Reports suggest that both Shaw and Smalling have been playing with the use of painkillers all season, with the duo both absent from England's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Scotland as a result of their current fitness concerns.

The discussion over Mourinho decision to go public in his criticism of Shaw and Smalling is set to rumble on for a few days yet, with the contentious comments likely to remain a focus of attention when the Premier League returns in two weeks.