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Manchester United players believe Jose Mourinho is bullying Luke Shaw

Man Utd stars accuse Jose Mourinho of bullying one player
Luke Shaw was taken off at half-time in the win over Brighton (Getty)

Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Luke Shaw has left some Manchester United players believing the Portuguese manager is bullying the left-back.

The Old Trafford boss yet again publicly called out the young defender following his side’s 2-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup.

He replaced Shaw at half-time with Ashley Young and then questioned the 22-year-old’s ability to follow orders.

What Mourinho said after the match…

‘It was a decision was one player for another player in the same position.

‘I wanted to defend better, I want my defensive line to be more solid in relation to a few, not many.

‘But a few offensive movements they made from the sides and I want more personality in the team because many many times I felt that Matic was an island of personality of desire and control surrounded by not water but lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire.

‘It was my decision. My reason is that we work on the pitch on certain kinds of movement, with the two full-backs being aggressive to make space for Matic and McTominay.

‘I couldn’t change them both, I decided Luke because Antonio was at least capable defensively.’

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It is not the first time Mourinho has publicly criticised the former Southampton player and it’s led to some at the club feeling Shaw is being bullied, report The Telegraph.

The report adds that some of the defender’s team-mates were stunned and angry at Mourinho’s humiliating actions.

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Mourinho was seen shouting at Shaw from the sidelines (Reuters)

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Following the latest incident it’s expected Shaw, who has just over a year to run on his contract, will leave this summer. Tottenham and Arsenal have been strongly linked.

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