Multiple reports came out on Friday morning suggesting Jose Mourinho publicly slammed Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Jesse Lingard. Many individuals including Manchester Evening News reporter Samuel Luckhurst conveyed their doubt over the authenticity of the quotes.
Thanks to some great work by Sports Witness Mourinho’s quotes have been clarified after it became evident some of his words were twisted.
“Maturity. When I say that, I mean maturity at a personal level. We (talking to the interviewer) are more men, we are more mature, we were more prepared to face life. We were less protected. In England, they call it ‘spoilt’. Today, we’re talking about ‘spoilt kids’. Our children are more ‘spoilt’ than we were.
“I think kids these days have a different social life than us, and players have around them an ‘entourage’, and I mean a personal entourage, the people that surround them, that protect them more, give them more affection, more excuses. They reach maturity more slowly.
“For example, this kid, Luke Shaw, who is currently the national team’s left-back, when I arrived here two years ago, he didn’t know how to compete. He had great potential, yes, but he didn’t know how to compete. When we talk about Luke Shaw, Martial, Lingard, Rashford, we’re talking about kids with great potential but still lack a word I can’t say but that you like a lot… they lack a bit of that.”
The interviewer then puts forward ‘character’, which Mourinho agreed with, also adding ‘lacking personality and that natural aggression’.
Certain translations also quoted Mourinho as saying Luke Shaw did not know how to behave.
While Mourinho did not specifically say this, many will still be left wondering why the United manager had to make these comments in the first place, and expose himself to more backlash.