Three points from three games for Manchester United, as Old Trafford witnessed Tottenham beat the home side in a decisive 3-0 victory.
Morale was down across the pitch, as the Red Devils, who looked quite promising and filled with spirit in the first half, simply couldn’t carry it forward to the second half, where rapid back-to-back goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura, and another late goal from the latter, sealed United’s fate.
Things are looking quite worrisome for Jose Mourinho, who was the subject of much doubt after last week’s 3-2 loss against Brighton itself. However, one act of the gaffer has left supporters quite impressed despite the result.
Throughout the game, Mourinho’s lads put on a mixed display, electric at times, lethargic otherwise. However, one player stood out throughout the game and put in a brilliant performance, and that was Luke Shaw.
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Shaw and Mourinho have shared a tense relationship in the past, but on Monday, as soon as the full-time whistle was blown, Mourinho walked up to the clearly distraught young left-back and gave him a hug along with words of encouragement.
Later, the gaffer revealed exactly what he had told Shaw: “I was particularly pleased [with him]. I told him you cannot play better than you did.
“Of course he is upset with the result, the kid has to be, but the kid has to know that he has had three very good matches in the Premier League and today he was very good. I am very happy with him.”
These are brilliant words from Mourinho, and it was a gesture that supporters took to Twitter and lauded him for, despite the negative result.
First thing Mourinho dis after the whistle was to credit Shaw for his preformance. Doesn’t look like Young is coming back into the team at this rate. If Shaw can keep fit I reckon he pushes for TOTY.
— 8 (@ZonaMistaCF) August 27, 2018
Rather incredible that the one trying to hardest tonight, as everything burns down around Mourinho, was Luke Shaw. The guy Mourinho has battered for two years non-stop.
Speaks volumes about his character.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) August 27, 2018
First thing José Mourinho did after the final whistle was consoling Luke Shaw, our best player who gave everything. Great touch that.
— R™ (@RealTalkMUFC) August 27, 2018
Mourinho went to Shaw. He patted him on the back. His best player since the season began because he worked hard, took his manager’s criticism on board and got on with it when everyone had written him off at United. If only more had responded like that.
— Anna_MUFC (@mufc_anna) August 27, 2018
Amid terrible mess at Manchester United, Luke Shaw has shown how players should deal with manager's criticism, rather than running to their agents every second.
Take note Martial and Pogba! https://t.co/iLPC3DrWhZ
— BlameFootball (@blamefootball) August 28, 2018
Shaw revealed how he felt about the game by stating: “It is a sad night for us, we have just got to pick ourselves back up, keep working hard and we need to pick up points especially after two losses.
“We need to win and win in a good way because we played really well in the first half and if we keep playing like that, and take our chances, then we will win games.”
Does this mean positive things await Shaw during his stint at Old Trafford?