Great Britain

Shaw hails ‘unbelievable’ Solskjaer as defender rejuvenates Man Utd career after Mourinho nightmare

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has put the smile back on Luke Shaw’s face.

The Manchester United full-back was often publicly criticised by former manager Jose Mourinho.

It left him angry and upset, even standing up to the Portuguese in the dressing room at one point.

But as he gets his form back, Shaw is enjoying it at United once again — and that is thanks to the work of boss Solskjaer.

The 24-year-old said: “His man-management has been unbelievable for me and the whole squad. He has put a smile on everyone’s face.

“The lads are all really enjoying it, even more so now as we are getting better results.” Mourinho’s criticism did not help as Shaw struggled with form and fitness and some fans turned against him.

But he quickly realised he needed to cope, having joined the club as an 18-year-old from Southampton.

He said: “I have had a lot of stick but coming to Manchester United you need to be able to take that.

“People will criticise you, and rightly so because it is a big club and what they have seen in the past shows the high standards here.

“It is completely different. If you are not strong mentally and confident you will struggle.”

United take on Club Brugge tonight in the Europa League last-32 second leg after a 1-1 draw last week.

Shaw has been at the club while United have won three trophies, including the Europa League, without playing in any of the finals.

But he wants silverware, adding: “I was there for the Europa League final and the feeling, even though I wasn’t on the pitch, was a feeling I have not felt and want more of.

“I wasn’t involved and that is what is pushing me on even more.”