Jose Mourinho has conceded that he may have been excessively unforgiving with his treatment of Luke Shaw during his time responsible for Manchester United.
The pair had a cold relationship at Old Trafford while Mourinho was in control at the club between 2016 and late 2018.
Mourinho was vocal in his analysis of Shaw during his time in control and he has kept on being cited talking about the England international since his time at Old Trafford reached a conclusion.
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Speaking to talkSPORT, Mourinho said: “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.
“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.”
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