Following an injury-plagued 2016/17 season, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is due to be sent to North Korea by manager Jose Mourinho for the launch of next season’s home jersey.
The trip, which will publicise the club’s new kit, aims to strengthen the team’s image in Asia whilst also, according to Mourinho, “teaching Shaw a lesson”.
“Manchester United players are aware that these sort of obligations are part of their contracts, and that they have no choice over whether or not to attend them. It is a dangerous place, I hear. I just hope nothing happens to him,” said a grinning Mourinho today.
“If something does occur, it would be very, very sad. But Luke insists to me that he is tough and ready for any challenge, so I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
Shaw isn’t alone in Mourinho’s plans, according to sources at the club. The manager is believed to have told fellow defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to “toughen up” only last month, and has already prepared plans to send the two on separate kit launches to Syria and Sierra Leone.