Adam Lallana defends Man United defender after Jose Mourinho criticism

The Liverpool midfielder defends Luke Shaw after criticism from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Adam Lallana has leaped to the defence of his England team-mate Luke Shaw.

The former Southampton captain scored England’s second goal in a 3-0 victory over bitter rivals Scotland in their 2018 World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Friday night.

Lallana managed to transfer his club form to the international stage after a stunning start to the 2016-17 Premier League campaign under manager Jurgen Klopp.

His former Southampton team-mate Shaw has struggled to match Lallana’s impact at his own club after falling out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho.

The Manchester United boss appeared to question the England left-back’s commitment after the full-back missed the Red Devils’ 3-1 win at Swansea City.

However, Liverpool midfielder Lallana doesn’t believe Shaw is lacking in toughness despite the United manager’s comments.

“I was with Luke Shaw at Southampton,” Lallana told The Daily Star.

“He’s a very strong boy. He’s had a horrific leg injury. You don’t come back from that without being mentally and physically strong.

“You don’t come back from a leg break like he had without having difficult times mentally on your own.”

Lallana moved to Liverpool in a £25m deal from Southampton in 2014 under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

Shaw completed a big-money move to the 20-time English champions in the same transfer window.

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Manchester United will host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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