Jose Mourinho Reveals Why He Substituted Luke Shaw At Half-Time

Luke Shaw prepares to take a throw as manager Jose Mourinho looks on.

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Jose Mourinho has explained his decision to take off Luke Shaw at the end of first half in the Red Devils’ 2-0 victory over Brighton in the FA Cup.

The former Southampton defender has seen a steep fall in both his form and value since he moved to Old Trafford in 2014. A long list of injuries, combined with regular illnesses, has left the Englishman on the sidelines for a majority of his United career.

Furthermore, since the Special One’s arrival, Shaw has fallen further down the pecking order, with Ashley Young now having become United’s prime candidate to fill the left-back role.

And in the Reds’ win over the Seagulls, the 22-year-old’s current situation was more or less summed up when Mourinho chastised the young lad for the 45 minutes he was on-field, before eventually putting an end to his misery by substituting him at half-time.

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However, the Portuguese tactician did explain after the clash as to why he decided to sub Shaw off.

Jose stated: “My reason behind them is that we work on the pitch a certain kind of movements which were really important the two full-backs to be aggressive and to be always in front and create space for Matic and Scott to play in front of the two central defenders and I didn’t have that with Luke and Antonio Valencia.


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“I didn’t change both because was too aggressive to do it and then I have only one more change for 90 minutes and only if we go to extra-time I have the possibility of a fourth change, but to play with 45 minutes only with one more substitution to do was too aggressive, but to try to improve our offensive football and to be more aggressive I had to change one of them.

“And I decide Luke because at least Antonio defensively was capable of some good positionings like in one of their more dangerous movements in the second-half where Locadia made a diagonal run inside behind Eric Bailly, and Antonio is still capable like this. And Luke every time they went in his corridor the cross was coming and the dangerous situation was coming, so I was not happy with the performance.”


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