Jose Mourinho bullied Luke Shaw when he was manager of Manchester United, publicly criticising him in the press and berating him behind the scenes.
Since Mourinho has been replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Shaw has proven to be the best in his position in the league, named in the PFA Team of the Year for the season just gone.
In contrast to Shaw’s rise, which has seen him recalled to the England squad and in the starting line-up for the Euros, Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur.
In his role as a pundit, Mourinho is obviously still struggling with how Shaw has exposed the flaws in his management style, given how the left-back has flourished since United sacked Mourinho.
Describing Shaw’s set-piece delivery in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic as “very poor” and “dramatically bad” is an odd exaggeration.
Shaw has responded with his bemusement over Mourinho’s obsessive criticism.
I don’t really understand it, to be honest. I don’t know why he is still going on and wanting to point at me. I don’t feel like the set-pieces were as bad as he was saying.
I might have done one in the second half, a corner, that didn’t get over the first man. But that was one out of three. The other two or three, I don’t think, were as ‘dramatically bad’ as he says.
Look, he has got to do his job. He has got his opinion. I am used to him saying negative stuff about me now, so I just pass it by. I leave it be, I ignore it. I just focus on what the coaching staff say here, what Gareth says and that’s that, really.
His voice is obviously very big. He likes to talk a lot about me, as everyone has seen recently. But his voice is his own. He can say what he wants.
I will focus on myself. I take set-pieces at United, so it wasn’t as if it was something I wasn’t ready for.
Shaw then reflected on his relationship with Mourinho when they were both at United, but reckons it’s time the manager gets over it.
There is no hiding that we didn’t get on. I think he was a brilliant manager but, you know, the past is the past. It is time to move on. I am trying to move on but, obviously, he can’t.
He continuously talks about me, which I find quite strange. Even some of the lads have said ‘what’s his problem?’ and ‘why does he keep talking?’ He just needs to move on. Hopefully he can find his peace with that and finally move on and stop worrying about me. Clearly I am in his head a lot and he clearly thinks about me a lot.
I don’t think any of you realise the two or three years I had with him and how bad it was then, what it was like then.
What he says now is nothing compared to how it used to be. I am being totally honest. I am so past it now. I have grown up a lot.
The three years I had with him, I learnt a lot. I find it easy to ignore him now and even laugh about it. But it’s better just to ignore it and move on with my life.