Jose Mourinho

Manchester United boss José Mourinho has reportedly said that Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial lack character and personality.

The Portuguese has never been one to shy away from criticising players when they deserve it, and with Manchester United currently 8th in the Premier League, it was only a matter of time before he said something.

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In an interview with Univision, Mourinho said: “Maturity. When I say that, I mean maturity at a personal level. We 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.”