Nemanja Matic: Winning one competition is not enough

Gladys Abbott
March 21, 2018

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was the only Manchester United player to escape getting thrown under the bus by manager Jose Mourinho yesterday after the team's 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

But four years on Shaw has fallen down the pecking order with England having struggled for game time at United, thanks in no small part to an inability to win over Mourinho.

Young was included in Southgate's 27-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy after making the left-back role his own at Old Trafford. "It's always hard for a team to be knocked out of a competition, but we showed the character to bounce back and not let anything faze us". "As I say, you've just got to work hard".

Asked if Shaw can fight his way back into Mourinho's plans, Young said: "Yes, of course".

Former Saints youth academy director Jason Dodd said Shaw is a "fantastic player" but needs to be pushed "constantly".

"If you win the FA Cup, I can not say it is a successful season but it's a good season".

Salah and De Bruyne might be two shining examples of a time when Mourinho got it wrong but, if he can leave his ego at the door, there is still time for him to get it right at Old Trafford. You can see when we lose a game he cannot accept that. You have to try different things to get the best out of him, ' he told the BBC.

Nemanja Matic: Winning one competition is not enough

"He (Mourinho) is special because he wants to win always".

The winger-turned-full-back also addressed his hopes of getting into the World Cup and staying in Gareth Southgate's plans after his call-up to the England team.

The Sun reports that, just days after his 12-minutes rant, the Portuguese manager was involved in another passionate speech again, but this time in front of his players. "I think we deserved to win but I didn't have the reaction from all of them".

Mourinho accused Shaw of failing to carry out simple tactical instructions and is now expected to sell him at the end of the season.

"I couldn't see a difference between him and [Ashley] Young [against Brighton]".

"I've got to play well at United to get that recognition, and now I've had that in this call-up, I've got to impress".

"I felt comfortable as soon as I walked back through the door", he said.

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