Sport Wright accuses Mourinho of 'degrading' Shaw when he was in charge
Jose Mourinho: Tottenham are a team with sadness after Brighton loss
The Tottenham boss said his side were 'a team with sadness' after his side were beaten by relegation-threatened Brighton on Sunday evening. Spurs now have back-to-back defeats in the league.Leandro Trossard's first-half goal consigned a sluggish Spurs to a 1-0 defeat on the south coast as Mourinho's men missed the chance to put pressure on the top four after Leicester City and Manchester United dropped points this weekend.
Ian Wright has hit out at Jose Mourinho's treatment of Luke Shaw when he was in charge of Manchester United, calling it 'degrading'.
The former Arsenal striker, now pundit, was speaking about the left-back's transformation into one of United's leading players prior to their win over West Ham in Tuesday's FA Cup clash.
'Luke Shaw when he came to United from Southampton was a fantastic player, but he fell away a bit', Wright said on the BBC.
'He had injuries and lost form, but he has turned it around. He is fitter, stronger and is showing what he is capable of.
Mourinho aggrieved over decisive Chelsea penalty in 'painful' derby loss
Lacklustre Tottenham were very much second best against Chelsea, but Jose Mourinho felt they were hard done by.There did not appear to be any complaints from Eric Dier after he tripped Timo Werner in the first half and referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot.
'Some of the treatment he got from Jose Mourinho was degrading - I didn't like to see it.'
Shaw joined United in 2014 and was the most expensive teenage player in history at the time, costing £33million.
He initially struggled with form, fitness and injury problems and those issues would not abate when Mourinho took charge in 2016.
The Portuguese routinely singled him out publicly for his shortcomings.
Prior to a game against Swansea, Mourinho said: 'Luke Shaw told me this morning that he was not in the condition to play so we had to build a defensive line.
'There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.'
Jose Mourinho: Tottenham showed 'togetherness' in Chelsea defeat
The Tottenham boss says he can see a spirit in his squad despite suffering a third successive Premier League loss after a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday night to leave them in eighth spot.Spurs' league season is imploding, having been top of the table in mid-December, and they went down to Jorginho's first-half penalty in north London as Thomas Tuchel's impressive start to life at Chelsea continued.
After a draw against Everton in 2017, he said: 'He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. He has to change his football brain.'
Then the following year Mourinho delivered a stinging assessment of Shaw in comparison to Nemanja Matic: 'Matic was an island of personality, desire, and control surrounded by a lack of personality, a lack of class, and a lack of desire.'
Shaw was rested on Tuesday but came off the bench to help United seal their 1-0 progression to the next round.
Before the game he remarked on his transformation: 'I always believed in myself.
'There were times where maybe people were thinking 'maybe he could leave', but I always believed that one day I would be able to fight my way back into the team and show people what my qualities are.'
And when addressing Mourinho's critical words, he said: 'It was difficult because I wasn't able to get my word across.
'A lot of people were behind me here, so I knew I had that backing, but I just needed to keep my head down and keep quiet.
'People were saying negative things about me but I just look back at it as a learning curve and something that has improved me as a person off the pitch, not just on it.'
Tottenham are a 'long way' off from where they were with Pochettino .
Spurs are on a horrid run of form domestically and languish in ninth in the Premier League after losing four of their last five top-flight matches - most recently a 3-0 defeat away at Manchester City. Mourinho has once again come in for plenty of criticism for his tactics - as he looks for his side to soak up the pressure before killing teams on the counter attack through Harry Kane and Son Heung-min - which currently aren't working.