Luke Shaw has developed the "thick skin" required to flourish at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, with the rejuvenated lefty even claiming to have "enjoyed" some of the hard love of his manager.
Given the widespread criticism of the Portuguese when the defender publicly fell in the hierarchical order of Old Trafford, there were occasions this year in which some suggested that it was a moment in which, instead of if the 23-year-old player would leave the club .
But, not for the first time, Shaw dug deep and came out fighting, winning a starting job at United, the club's player of the month for August and September, a retirement from England and a new deal until at least 2023.
A rehabilitated relationship with Mourinho is key to that, but the manager recently suggested that the left-back, along with Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, did not have the character or personality to compete at the highest level.
Those comments raised their eyebrows but were rejected by Shaw as a broader point, with full backing instead of talking about the rewards of the hard love of the United boss as he prepares to face the Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday. .
"Of course, I enjoyed it," he said. "It was a big challenge for me, with some of the things he said in the past, especially in the last year or two years.
"But, look, what he said the other day, I think it was something more than a generation and I do not think it was really aimed at us as individuals.
"But I think he was talking about today's generation, unlike when he was a little younger.
"So, yes, of course, we are more focused on tomorrow.
"Look, when we saw that, the training is much more important, we train hard for the team and are eager to correct things tomorrow."
Shaw says that "everyone in the locker room is a wrestler," which means United are ready to correct some mistakes by beating the Young Boys in Tuesday's Group H match.
The victory would see Mourinho's men until the last 16 if Valencia did not beat Juventus in Turin, while giving the Kingdom its fourth victory at Old Trafford in 10 games this season.
"You need a thick skin, of course, to play under the manager, but 100 percent of this club," Shaw said.
"It is the biggest club in the world and we, as players, must take what is said and take it into account."
"I keep saying it, but we have to fight for the team, for the manager, for the fans and for the club."
"Of course, we are going through a bad stage at this time, but that's why I signed my contract, because I know that good things come to us and I hope it's sooner rather than later."
Shaw missed the international injury and was suspended for the 0-0 draw at home on Saturday against Crystal Palace, a match that ended with boos and Mourinho that put into question the "heart" of the players.
"Of course, it might look like that, but I look at the training field and look around the locker room and I think everyone wants the same thing, and that's winning matches and going up to the table," added Shaw.
"Obviously, that's what we have to do, I think in the last few days everyone has been very disappointed."
"Obviously, this was a great start for us after the international break, we needed to get a win, but it was not meant to be."
"Of course, we are all disappointed, but we have to fight for the club and for the team and for the manager who will start tomorrow."
Follow Manchester United v Young Boys on Tuesday night through our live blog on RTÉ.ie / sport and the News Now app, or watch it live on RTÉ2 from 7 p.m.