Luke Shaw rejects claims Jose Mourinho doesn't want attacking full backs

Manchester United's Luke Shaw in action with Leicester City's Danny Simpson

Luke Shaw has reacted to claims made that Manchester United manager doesn't want his full backs to attack.

Manchester United's Luke Shaw in action with Leicester City's Danny SimpsonManchester United's Luke Shaw in action with Leicester City's Danny Simpson

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has denied claims that Jose Mourinho doesn't want his full-backs to attack, reports the Manchester Evening News

Ahead of facing his former club Southampton on Friday evening, Shaw made his views clear and even went as far as to say Mourinho had given him attacking freedom. 

Manchester United's Luke Shaw in action with Leicester City's Riyad MahrezManchester United's Luke Shaw in action with Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez

Speaking to MUTV, Shaw said: "At times people have said maybe he [Mourinho] doesn’t like his full-backs to go forward but that’s not the case. He gives both full-backs that license to go forward, obviously not at the same time but if I have the chance then it’s up to me if I want to go forward or not.

"It’s not that I’ve got to stay put or do particular things, I’ve got the freedom to play and that only gives me the confidence in what I want to do to help the team."

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their third goal manager Jose MourinhoManchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their third goal manager Jose Mourinho

Since returning from a broken leg that kept him out for most of last season, Shaw has impressed after such a serious injury and is enjoying playing under the Portuguese manager.

But it is not just Shaw who appears to be enjoying the freedom the full-backs are getting, according to the former Southampton player. In the FA Community Shield it was right back Antonio Valencia who supplied the cross for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's winner against Leicester City. Like Shaw, Valencia is enjoying the attacking side of his game. 

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia in action with Leicester City's Jamie VardyManchester United's Antonio Valencia in action with Leicester City's Jamie Vardy

Shaw also went on to speak about his eagerness to face Southampton when he said: "I was there for a great ten years and I’m really looking forward to seeing some of my team-mates that I played with." 

Shaw will be looking to prove the doubters wrong that Mourinho sides are overly defensive and show there may be a new lease of life to the former Chelsea manager and a side to his attacking football that we have yet to see. 

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