Jose Mourinho has repeatedly been questioned on the absence of Luke Shaw from the Manchester United first team. The talented left-back suffered a terrible double fracture in the 2014/15 season and his comeback has been frustrating. Shaw has been a mere squad member under Mourinho so far and his injuries have shunned his progress. Despite the media accusing the manager of poor man-management, Shaw has himself to blame as well.
Shaw’s signing from Southampton for a reported £30 million was debated as he became the most expensive teenager in world football. His chances have been limited to say the least but reports of poor attitude in training and lack of focus suggest that Mourinho could be churning something out here. Former academy graduate Phil Neville also felt that the 21-year old should use the manager’s words as a motivating factor and fight for his place in the side.
“As a young person in life sometimes you need a kick up the backside and I just wonder whether it’s a tactic from Jose to give him a bit of a jolt to say ‘look, it’s now or never Luke, you’re wasting the opportunity that’s in front of you, other players are ahead of you, you’re fit, training every day, and your attitude needs to be right’.
It could be just what Luke Shaw needs. Jose has probably got to the point where he probably feels it’s not the last throw of the dice but a kick up the backside.”
Luke Shaw started more league games (35) in his final season for Southampton than he has in his three seasons at Man Utd combined (27).
Mourinho preferred Ashley Young at Shaw’s position on Saturday against West Brom and he was asked about the youngster’s chances against Everton. The manager then revealed that he hasn’t done enough to make the bench tomorrow.
“It is difficult for him to be on the bench.
I cannot compare him with Ashley Young, with Matteo Darmian, with Daley Blind. I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare.
He is a long way behind.”
The fact that Shaw has lost his place to a makeshift left-back in Young would definitely be going through his head all day. The English defender has age on his side as he looks to spark a resurgence into the manager’s plans. The Portuguese himself would hope to see the best of his man as he has failed to cement his first choice left-back. Mourinho has been critical of players in the media earlier as well with the likes of Martial and Mkhitaryan and he would hope it works in his favor this time around as well. No matter how weird his ways might seem to be, as long as it works for Manchester United, the fans and everyone at the club would be delighted.