Further doubt cast over Luke Shaw's Manchester United future

Nemanaj Matic guides Manchester United past Brighton into FA Cup semis

However, manager Jose Mourinho was critical of his side's performance, singling out Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw for their showing. Matic was an island of personality and quality.

"When you play bad you must have personality".

He went on to claim that his attacking players had been working on transitioning the ball quickly to attempt to create more in the final third - something many fans would no doubt love to see - but Mourinho didn't get much joy.

"I think sometimes, managers get in their head that there's a player not for them".

"My calculation is that without pressure, they don't perform well", argued Mourinho, when questioned whether his public criticism could backfire should his players' react negatively.

But he is now understood to be reassessing his future - just a month after the United boss suggested a new and improved deal could be deserved for a player whose contract expires next year. "They have to be strong enough to deal with that, but I find it hard to believe how that can have a positive impact on those players".

Albion had been poor during last weekend's 2-0 reverse at Everton and despite the familiar scoreline, were far better at Old Trafford against big-spending United. I think it is a relation with personality, trust and class.

"The basic things is to keep the emotional balance to play with that red shirt, which is a heavy shirt to wear".

"He was not afraid to play".

"We prepared the team to be more aggressive, to attack the last line much more and that connection between defenders in possession and attacking players didn't work". He played bad and every player can play bad but to feel not comfortable to play, 'Please mister, take me from the pitch, ' I felt that.

"And two an individual sense that he was particularly picking on Luke Shaw, and that's what came across to me".

Mourinho said on Saturday that he chose to substitute Shaw rather than Valencia because "at least Antonio defensively was capable of good positioning".

'Luke, in the first half, every time they came in his corridor, the cross came in and a risky situation was coming, ' the Portuguese said. To say Jose Mourinho wasn't happy with the performance, however, would be putting things mildly.

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