Shaw was substituted at half time by Mourinho and criticised for a lack of forward movement, despite having a hand in United's opening goal, set up by Nemanja Matic and scored by Romelu Lukaku.
That made Shaw an obvious target for Mourinho to be questioned about although the United manager clearly had other players in mind when issuing his widespread critique. Lots of goals at the beginning of the season when United were looking good and lots of goals recently too.
"If he genuinely believes Matic was the only player who showed the necessary desire, class and quality to wear the shirt, that's a damning indictment on the rest of those players".
A few guys were scared to play. "I want more personality in the team", he said.
"And two an individual sense that he was particularly picking on Luke Shaw, and that's what came across to me".
"You have the kid [McTominay] that didn't play well at all".
"I had the reaction from some of them".
"Because I think as a coach the biggest frustration is not the result because sometimes a bad result can happen", Mourinho added. "What can I lose?"
The Red Devils produced a fairly underwhelming display as they secured a place at Wembley, and United boss Jose Mourinho, the day after defending his record in an extraordinary pre-match press conference rant, was critical of his players.
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To see the ball properly and try to hit accordingly. "Technology has made us have a better idea about each and every player". But they were almost unprecedented in cricket, and called for unprecedented response from the International Cricket Council.
His latest outburst struck a similar tone to his final match in charge of Chelsea when, after a 2-1 defeat at Leicester, he claimed his work on the training ground had been "betrayed" by players not following instructions. 'I couldn't see a difference between him and Young.
"He was not afraid to play".
Mourinho went on to praise McTominay's character and bravery in still showing for the ball despite playing poorly, but he was less sympathetic towards Luke Shaw.
I didn't change both of them because then I would have only one more substitution.
"He was specifically asked about that, and he said it was a tactical decision and implied those things he'd generalised about I think he was more individualising it to Luke Shaw, and I think that's what he tried to get across".
At least Antonio was capable of some good positioning.
"Luke, in the first half, every time they came in his corridor, the cross came in and a unsafe situation was coming", the Portuguese said.
'I was not happy with his performance'.