Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has claimed he told Jose Mourinho that he would ‘prove him wrong’ during an intense meeting last week.
Mourinho publicly expressed his doubt over Shaw’s commitment, focus and training improvements, he even dropped the 21-year-old from the squad that visited West Brom earlier this month.
Two days later, Shaw asked for a meeting with Mourinho to discuss his situation and after that was called up for the draw with Everton.
Shaw earned the stoppage-time penalty that Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted to extend United’s unbeaten run, but Mourinho claimed Shaw was actually using ‘his body and my brain’ during the substitute appearance.
The Englishman made only his third Premier League start in six months at Sunderland last Sunday and admitted he fell short of Mourinho’s standards earlier in the season.
“I had a really good chat with him after those sort of words came out,” Shaw told Sky Sports. “And I totally agree with him and I will do whatever he wants.
“I’ve always been a hard worker but I think if I look back I wasn’t doing as hard as he likes and, like I said, we had a really good talk, he discussed what he wanted from me and I think even in a week-and-a-half I’ve seen a massive change in myself not just on the pitch, on the training ground, but off it as well.
“And it’s my time to fight until the end of the season and show the boss what I can do and what I can bring to help his team.
“I remember having the meeting with him and telling him at the end, I’m going to prove you wrong because I believe and I want to do that. Not just for myself but the fans that have been behind me and sent me really nice messages and support me through this time.”