Mourinho should grow up as he reportedly fumes Man U player is too cosy with Tottenham boss Poch
COMMENT By Richard Parks
For a serial winning manager with a glittering CV, Jose Mourinho’s pettiness and willingness to create and stoke conflict can be quite startling.
As Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte know only too well, the Manchester United manager can start and finish an argument in an empty kitchen.
Is Mauricio Pochettino going to be the next victim of a Jose-inspired feud?
That could be the case amid report that Mourinho is unhappy at United defender Luke Shaw for being too close to the Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Sun claim that Mourinho is “irritated” by the “cosy relationship” between Shaw and the man who brought him through the ranks at Southampton and helped him develop into a Premier League star.
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Moreover, it is said that the United manager is exasperated by the left-back’s progress and intends to sell him this summer following another thaw in their relationship.
If Mourinho feels Shaw is worthy of only the 14 appearances he has been given for United this season, that is his prerogative.
He is paid on results and the Premier League giants have had a fine campaign that could still end in glorious fashion.
Mourinho has not been shy of telling Shaw where he is going wrong, using the media to point out the deficiencies in the player’s fitness, attitude and ability to deliver the goods at an elite club.
Whatever you make think of his public criticism of the player, the Portugese’s judgement deserves respect, given his track record.
Yet, it would make no sense or logic to start a running battle with the Tottenham manager, as he has done with Wenger and Conte in the past.
Mourinho should instead consider why Shaw is willing to ask another Premier League boss for help and advice.
Is he not getting what he needs from United and their coaching staff?
A summer exit would appear to be the best solution for all parties, and the player will be relatively cheap as his recently-activated one year contract extension ends in the summer of 2019.
What price a return to Pochettino, the manager who got the most out of him when he was a teenager with the world seemingly at his feet?
If that is the case, Mourinho must accept it and keep his powder dry. He should grow up, for once.