In an awesome turn of events, Jose Mourinho has managed to find a new way to insult Manchester United star Luke Shaw.
The Portuguese boss was reportedly handed the task of getting United back into the Champions League, but with their home form stuttering United are in sixth, four points behind Man City in fourth.
But the £27m signing has played only three times since the end of November.
Shaw said that he would "fight to the last second because I want to be here for the club".
"I think we made progress in many, many, many things but I was always a very pragmatic manager", Mourinho added. Much of that success can be put down not just to successful recruitment, but to implementing a system and a style of play that has maximized the talent at his disposal.
Luke Shaw, problem or punchbag?
"I know that Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham still has a lot of time for Luke after their time together at Southampton and he has a great record of promoting young English players".
But having strongly criticized Shaw after dropping him from the squad for Saturday's 0-0 draw with West Brom, Mourinho again took the 21-year-old leftback to task.
"Mkhitaryan earlier on in the season people were wondering how he was being treated, Smalling has had words against him, Martial as well, he's [Shaw] got to respond".
Full-back Shaw, meanwhile, is determined to meet the challenge of becoming a United player.
"But I'm keeping my head up and I'm going to fight to the last".
Shaw met Mourinho on Monday morning to clarify his position.
Blind left Ajax for Old Trafford in a £14 million move back in 2014 when Louis van Gaal was in charge. "I just say when the VAR comes, it will help everyone, especially the linesmen and referees".
"I'm not going to give up".
"I am going through a phase where everything is sort of going against me, but I want this so badly".
'I still have places where I can improve and room to improve.
"I think the one that should be in a couple of years the best of all - because potentially he should have all the conditions to be the best of all - is Luke Shaw", said the manager last month before the defender was a surprise selection to face Bournemouth.
United, who are now sixth in the league, visit bottom-placed Sunderland on Sunday. In the modern Premier League it is really hard to do it but we need to score goals to win matches.
Jose Mourinho can afford for Manchester United's progress to be steady, but he cannot afford for them to be uninspiring.