OSE Mourinho is reportedly running out of allies at Manchester United, amid revelations the Special One’s treatment of Luke Shaw is alienating him from players and staff alike.
Mourinho has copped a backlash in recent weeks after publicly criticizing the left back with some labelling his treatment of the star bullying.
The boss took aim at Shaw after a 2-0 FA Cup quarter final victory over Brighton, with reports suggesting the pair were involved in an ‘amazing bust up’ at the club’s training ground shortly before the clash – in which the defender was hauled off at half time.
And now according to The Sun, his harsh handling of the 22-year-old has turned a range of key individuals at the club against the manager who they believe has used the player as a scapegoat.
The report states that a Red Devils source said: “The staff are not in Jose’s corner and he has few advocates.
“They absolutely hate the treatment of Shaw, who is a nice and popular lad around the place.”
Shaw drama aside, the Portuguese boss has also copped it for his falling out with French star Paul Pogba – who found himself dropped recently for the infamous Champions League loss to Sevilla as well as the Cup victory over Brighton.
The fracas allegedly dates back to Pogba’s three-month injury layoff last year – and it appears Mourinho has held a grudge.
According to the report, the French midfielder wanted to carry out treatment for his hamstring injury in Miami, however his manager refused to grant the request. Regardless, the 25-year-old went to the US – infuriating his boss in the process.
“The freeze between Pogba and Jose can be traced back to when he was ruled out injured,” the United source added.
“You could feel there was a stand-off. Jose was told Pogba wanted to do his rehab in Miami.”
The news comes amid reports United could miss out on the signing of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, owing largely to Mourinho’s scapegoat treatment of Shaw.
The Welshman’s representation have concerns over him signing at Old Trafford under Mourinho. Interestingly, Bale and Shaw share an agency, therefore the Real man would be privy to information regarding the boss’ bullying of the young gun.
Bale has been rampantly linked with a move away from the Spanish capital, with United thought to be interested in pursuing a deal to bring him to Old Trafford.
But it appears, Mourinho’s handling of his players could rule them out of the running.