Luke Shaw has revealed that assurances of first team opportunities at Manchester United convinced him to snub Chelsea and join the Red Devils. The left-back arrived at Old Trafford from Southampton in the summer of 2014 for a fee of £27m ($35.4m).
Jose Mourinho, who was appointed as the manager of the 20-time English champions in May, was in charge at Stamford Bridge. The England international was attracting interest from both the west London club and United, while he was with the Saints.
"We've had a little joke about it. He's a cool manager. 'Why didn't you come?' he wanted to know. I just felt I had more opportunity of first-team football here," Shaw told The Guardian.
The former Real Madrid manager was sacked from his post at Chelsea last December. He took charge at United after replacing Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. Under Mourinho's guidance, the Red Devils have won the Community Shield and won both their Premier League fixtures so far.
Shaw has been given a chance to play under the Portuguese tactician and the former Southampton star has expressed his delight to be coached by Mourinho at the club. He even suggested that the former Chelsea manager's arrival and the summer additions have made United "hard to beat."
"But now I'm with him and I'm really happy he's here. It hasn't been the best few years but all of a sudden it feels really good, really positive," the England defender explained.
"We feel we have that fear factor back where people are thinking this team is going to be hard to beat. I'm fit, I'm happy, I still feel I have a lot more to give. I just want to push on now."
United will take on Hull City in the Premier League clash on Saturday. Mourinho will be looking for a third straight league win when the Red Devils face the Tigers away from home.