Luke Shaw has come in for some strong criticism from manager Jose Mourinho and not for the first time.
The former Southampton left-back was withdrawn at the break in Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton which they went on to win 2-0. It’s not the first time the 22-year-old has come under fire since Mourinho’s arrival. So, with Shaw’s future at Old Trafford looking increasingly bleak, can he still manage to impress Mourinho or is his time now up?
Shaw made his name at Southampton and like so many other he followed them out of the exit door when the lure of a bigger club challenging for honours came along. Since his big money move to Manchester, Shaw has been plagued by numerous injuries and fitness problems. That being said, he does still remain one of the best young talents in English football, especially as a left back.
Jose Mourinho has taken time to criticise his own players on more than one occasion in the media this season and it seems that a lot of what the Portuguese chief has to say is being directed in Shaw’s direction. Mourinho spoke about players lacking heart and the fact that he had taken Shaw off at halftime against Brighton, replacing him with Ashley Young, it looks likely that Shaw was indeed one of the main culprits.
So, with the situation looking ever increasingly desperate between Shaw and Mourinho, is there any way back for the young fullback? As things stand you would feel that Mourinho doesn’t trust the former Southampton man to deliver on the park for him, and if he can’t carry out what Mourinho wants tactically; it’s going to be a very long way back for Luke Shaw.
This is made worse by the fact that when Ashley Young comes into the side as a makeshift left back, he often performs very well, and this ultimately means that Mourinho can rely on him. There is no doubting that Shaw has talent and a lot of potential, but if he gets another chance under Mourinho he must take it with both hands and put a real shit in, otherwise, he could be heading for the Old Trafford exit door.
There’s already been a lot of talk suggesting that Shaw is a target for Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs side. With Danny Rose extremely likely to leave the North London side in the summer that could pave the way for a deal to be struck with Manchester United which would see Rose head to Old Trafford and Shaw join Spurs.
It would be a real shame for one of England’s brightest young talents fail to live up to expectations at Manchester United, but it wouldn’t be a backward step for him to join Spurs and under Pochettino he could still yet realise his undoubted potential. Until the Shaw must keep his head down, work hard, stay fit and when he gets a chance to impress, take it. By doing so he would be proving Mourinho and all his doubters wrong.