Shaw, Martial, Lingard, Rashford Accused
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused four of his side’s young players of being ‘pampered’ and ‘lacking maturity’.
Footage has emerged of an interview Mourinho gave to the US-based Spanish language channel Univision. In it, the United boss told former Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichcov exactly what his side is lacking at the moment.
“They are lacking maturity. Maturity that when you played, I think the youngsters… look at your situation, at my situation.
“I wasn’t a player, obviously, but when I say maturity I mean on a personal level. We were more like men. We were more mature. We were more prepared for life. Let’s say it like that. We were less protected.
“In English they call it ‘spoilt’, ‘spoilt kids’. Our kids are more spoilt than we were by our parents. We are more mature, we are better prepared. For young people now, it’s a different life on a social level compared to ours.”
He went on:
“Today’s players also in their surroundings, they have a word that was used a lot in Barcelona, entorno [environment] that they use in a more global, holistic sense in relation to the club. When I use the word I use it more in relation to a personal environment.
“To the people who surround the players, who protect them too much, who give them – in my opinion – too much care, too many excuses. There’s always an excuse for everything.
“People are maturijng more slowly. For example, the young lad Luke Shaw, who is the left-back of the national team, who arrived two years before me. He didn’t know how to compete. He had great potential, yes, but he didn’t know how to compete.
“We’re talking about Luke Shaw, Martial, Lingard, Rashford – young, big potential, but at the end of the day it results in the word I cannot say, but you use it a lot here.
“Character, personality, as they say in Spain as well, bad blood, that natural aggression that you had.”