Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has spelled out the reasons for Luke Shaw’s omission from his squad to face Saint-Etienne this week. The former Southampton defender didn’t travel to France with his colleagues for the second leg of their Europa League tie, and the United boss was particularly clear as to why during his pre-match press conference:
“He stayed behind in Manchester because I’m playing with Daley Blind, with Marcos Rojo, with Matteo Darmian, and all of them are playing the way I like a full-back to play,” Mourinho explained.
“Luke has to wait for his chance and work better and better, knowing I give nothing for free. When I give something to the players, it’s expensive for them – it’s not cheap. They have to work hard every day, they have to play well, so he has to wait. And, at this moment, he’s behind the others.”