Luke Shaw admits tough love from Jose Mourinho has helped him flourish

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant during training in Carrington yesterday
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant during training in Carrington yesterday
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28 November, 2018

United have been hindered by slow starts in games this season but ahead of the Champions League clash with Young Boys on Tuesday, which has seen tickets for the game go on general sale, and Mourinho revealed he is telling his players to do the opposite.

If United win and Valencia fail to beat Juventus, they would qualify for the last 16 with a game to spare. I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating. We're all disappointed but we need to fight for the club and the team and the manager.

United will be without injured Sweden defender Victor Lindelof while Swiss champions Young Boys, who lost the reverse fixture 3-0, are missing French striker Guillaume Hoarau because of an ankle problem.

Shaw became the first of Mourinho's targets to address the remarks, when he said he had not taken the criticism personally but admitted it requires a "thick skin" to survive under the boss. Always. I always prefer to play at home.

Speaking on The Debate, former midfielder Murphy said the club would still rather be in the competition despite some poor displays, but questioned why United are lacking tempo. "If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support, come on?"

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It was Fellaini and a quite sensational celebration from Mourinho that would steal that show in the end though as they somehow managed to win a game that appeared to be heading towards a goalless draw. "If it is not better I walk". Information is things much better than last time. "If we can have Victor available for that period, that will be good".

"Victor [has] a proper injury that will keep him out for a while", said Mourinho.

"I would say if we have him for the Christmas period - where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that hard period until the Newcastle match on January 2 - if we can have Victor available for that period, it will be good".

Mourinho has, however, felt stress en route to Old Trafford in recent weeks, with the Manchester traffic on more than one occasion causing his team to arrive late for games.

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