Teddy Sheringham, former England and Manchester United striker has criticized Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho. The 51-year-old is not fan of the way the Portuguese has criticized the Old Trafford youngsters like Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial.
“I played for a lot of top managers and I never really got castigated by the top managers in the press. Sir Alex Ferguson would never have done it. Terry Venables would definitely never have done it and they were top managers, for me,” Sheringham said to talkSPORT.
“They would tell you how wrong you’d been in the changing room, or in their office, or fine you a week’s wages, but they would always back you to the press and keep it within [the club]. And I had a lot of respect for my managers.”
Mourinho’s criticism a motivational tool
Shaw and Martial are among the United youngsters who were on the receiving end of Mourinho’s sharp tongue this season. The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager openly criticized the professionalism and below-par performances of the players.
Despite the early criticisms, Martial was able to win back the praise after his goal-scoring contribution to last weekend’s 2-0 win at Burnley. Mourinho said that it was like having a new player in his squad.
Mourinho’s verdict is undoubtedly a motivational tool and one he must believe will draw the best out of Shaw and Martial. The Frenchman in particular seems to have responded in recent weeks. United will hope that continues to be the case as Mourinho’s side push for a place in the top four.
Sheringham fears harsh treatment of youngsters could backfire
Sheringham maintained that he was often on the receiving end of harsh criticism by Ferguson and Venables. But, it was only behind closed doors. The man from Highams Park is fearful that Mourinho’s abrasive approach is misguided.
Sheringham won three Premier League titles and the Champions League during his four-year stint at Old Trafford. He believes that Mourinho should aim to protect his younger players, instead of heaping the pressure on them.
“At the end of the day they’re all young lads. They’re all growing up and learning, not just about football, but about life as well. And you’re earning a lot of money, even in my day,” Sheringham added.
“Nowadays you’re earning astronomical money and you’re going to go off the rails at some stage. It’s for the manager to bring you down a peg or two and make you realize how lucky you are to be a professional footballer and to enjoy it, not to throw it all away.”
United’s 0-0 draw at Manchester City on Thursday took their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 24 matches. The EFL Cup winners host Swansea City on Sunday before traveling to Celta Vigo for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.
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