Pundit: This Man United defender needs to work harder, Jose Mourinho is right

Pat Nevin defends Jose Mourinho's stance on Manchester United defender Luke Shaw

Juan Mata and Luke Shaw Photo: Juan Mata/Instagram

Pat Nevin has defended Jose Mourinho and the Manchester United manager’s treatment of Luke Shaw.

The Red Devils boss was critical of Shaw’s fitness levels and poor performances in his post-match media conference following a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.

The England left-back has struggled to secure a regular place in Mourinho’s starting line-up this term as Shaw’s Old Trafford career continues to be stop-start following his big-money move in 2014.

Indeed, Shaw has only started seven Premier League games in the 2016-17 season as Mourinho continues to prefer Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia in the full-back positions.

The Manchester United boss included Shaw in his squad for the visit of Everton after the defender reportedly held face-to-face talks with Mourinho about the manager’s remarks.

Speaking to Irish radio station Newstalk about Mourinho’s stance on Shaw, former Chelsea and Everton winger Nevin came to the defence of the Manchester United boss.

“I’ve never heard a manager have a go at a player if he is working hard. Even Mourinho and the strangeness he can show sometimes, he wouldn’t make it up,” Nevin said.

He added: “There is no doubt in my mind that he isn’t working to the same level as other Manchester United players. You have to go into the manager and say you’re going to do it. That’s the desired effect Mourinho wants.

“He wants him to turnaround and say I’m going to have a go.”

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Shaw earned a reputation as an exciting English talent at Southampton.

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