MANCHESTER United take to the park for the first time since their FA Cup quarter final victory over Brighton, which saw Jose Mourinho take aim at Luke Shaw, as they face Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday morning (AEDT).
Mourinho’s managerial style and remarkable press conference tirades have drawn headlines in recent weeks, as the Special One was accused of ‘bullying’ Shaw.
Now The Daily Mail have revealed exactly what the 22-year-old said to his manager after being substituted at halftime against Brighton, with the defender allegedly asking “Why are you always picking on me?”
The heated argument was reportedly heard outside the dressing room, as Mourinho told his left back that he wasn’t defending well enough and giving their opponents too much space down the left flank.
But according to the manager’s comments ahead of the clash with Swansea, he has no issue in picking the defender.
“If he’s available Luke Shaw is always an option,” Mourinho said before stating that the left back was ‘a chance’ to start against the Swans.
Amid clear tensions at United, where star midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly barely on talking terms with his manager after being dropped for a range of key games, The Sun report that Mourinho is expected to hold clear-the-air talks with his entire first team squad.
The Special One is allegedly planning to sit down with his team and clarify some of his recent public comments.
United players have just returned following an international break which left just eight players at the training ground, with the manager himself spending the time off in Portugal as well as watching an international clash featuring Scotland.
A United source said: “The staff are expecting Jose to address the entire squad today at Carrington.
“He only returned from a mini-holiday himself recently and was over there for a few days.
“He also took in the Scotland game last Friday. Only eight players remained at the club during the international break.
“They had about five-days off. Too many players were rushing off when they were knocked out by Sevilla.
“A few are now expecting the manager to clarify some of his recent public criticisms. It should make for an interesting day.”
United are in second place in the Premier League with eight matches still to play, and take on a re-energized Swansea under Carlos Carvalhal at Old Trafford.