Luke Shaw criticised by Jose Mourinho again despite making Manchester United return against Everton

The United manager wants Shaw to start thinking for himself and has urged him to 'accelerate the process' of maturing if he is to have a future at Old Trafford

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Jose Mourinho was again critical of Luke Shaw despite the left-back returning to the Manchester United side for the first time in a month after receiving public criticism from his manager last weekend.

Despite giving Shaw a 25-minute substitute’s cameo in United’s 1-1 draw with Everton that he said he was pleased with, Mourinho accused the full back of not doing enough of his own thinking.

“It was his body with my brain,” Mourinho said. “He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. The communication was possible because we were very close.  He cannot play with my brain.

“He must accelerate the process: 21 years old is old enough to have a better understanding but his contribution was good to improve the team. After 30 seconds he was almost in an assist position. He goes today in a positive feeling because his performance was positive.”

With United claiming that Wayne Rooney was missing against his old club because of two ankle injuries, Mourinho cast doubt over whether the striker would be fit to face Sunderland on Sunday. “Two ankles so I don’t know,” he said.

Mourinho said a top four finish was becoming a more remote possibility. "More difficult, very difficult,” he told the BBC.

“It is mathematically possible but depends on our opponents. It is an amazing run of 20 matches unbeaten but too many draws at home. Because of that we are in the position we are. We build well but we don't score enough goals, we don't kill off enough opponents and at the end of this season I think we will be punished by that.”