SAINTS legend Jason Dodd has sympathised with Jose Mourinho over Staplewood graduate Luke Shaw's development at Manchester United.

The Portuguese manager criticised the 22-year-old, who left St Mary's for Old Trafford in a £30m switch in 2014, for his display against Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

The left-back was hauled off at half-time and replaced by Ashley Young, with Mourinho later laying into the performance of his players in the 2-0 win.

Dodd brought through Shaw among others during his time as a coach in Saints' academy and admits he isn't the easiest to manage.

"He does make you pull your hair out at times," Dodd said. "You have to try different things to get the best out of him."

"I think they have tried everything and they have not got through to him to get him out on the pitch and perform.

"Luke is one of those players where you have to keep on, you have to keep pushing him and he needs to be challenged.

"I was constantly on him. He likes it. He needs more of a cuddle, and then give him a little dig,"

"That is how you get him going. "He is a fantastic player, but if you have to question some of it – his drive, training everyday, and giving absolutely everything.

"You are at Manchester United. Mourinho expects you to put it in every session and that is an area where Luke will struggle."

Shaw is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer and has been linked with a return to St Mary's on a free transfer.

However, Saints legend Matt Le Tissier believes he may well end up Tottenham, having worked well with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino at St Mary's.

He said: "Having worked with Pochettino before and spoken highly of him, it would seem obvious for him to go to Tottenham with Danny Rose potentially going the opposite way as he is obviously desperate to get back up north.

"I don't think Southampton could compete in the wages department and the player would probably look at it as a backward move, so he would probably think he is worthy of playing for a club competing for the Premier League title."