Luke Shaw has happily targeted former managers Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal over their management skills.
Manchester United’s full support is thriving under Old Trafford’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he is finally releasing the form that led the club to sign him for £ 30million in 2014.
Van Gaal had questioned Shaw’s professionalism before suffering a serious leg injury early in his second season at United, and Mourinho had then succeeded the Dutchman before the defender returned.
Shaw has been consistently criticized by Mourinho, and his grim, gritty style failed to fire the United star, but Solskjaer ‘s approach is even more influential.
“His management is unique. The way he behaves in terms of how he talks to the players, he gets the best of them,” Shaw said of his boss -currently to Sky Sports. “You can see that. He handles situations perfectly in terms of what is needed, especially at a big club like Manchester United.”
Shaw commented on how Solskjaer’s willingness to take full responsibility for achievements and results helped lift pressure from the team, almost unequivocally at his own expense.
Commenting on his former managers, Shaw then said: “For me, in particular, from what I had before Ole came in, it ‘s a complete difference. It’ s pushed me to a new level.”
The 25-year-old’s resurgence has seen him become one of United’s top players this season and make his way back into the England squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
It is a long way from the days under Mourinho if it appeared that he was under constant attack with several public protests.
Shaw has previously admitted it was a “very hard time” – and while he doesn’t like to look for sympathy, he credits Solskjaer for helping him recover. find his confidence again.
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“I don’t want to come across as I was a small child who couldn’t deal with being under pressure because at a big club like Manchester United you are always under pressure and mindfulness. That makes you more strong in my mind, “he said.
“But I didn’t have any confidence at the time. I was losing my faith. I think that’s what changed with Ole. He guided me right and I got my confidence back and he’s I really like it right now.
“Pleasure and confidence. For me, those are the two things you need most on the pitch. You need that belief in your ability to perform at the highest level. I feel like I have that now. . “