Luke Shaw’s omission from the Manchester United first team squad has raised serious questions over the 21-year-old’s long-term future at the club.
The player was left at home as Manchester United flew to France for yesterday’s 0-1 win over St Etienne when having held a three-goal lead added with the EFL Cup final looming on Sunday, it was thought it would have been the perfect opportunity to ease the ex-Southampton man back into first team duty.
Jose Mourinho has explained that Shaw needs to work hard and he will give no player anything for free, as was the case with both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial earlier in the campaign.
Reports in the Guardian, however, suggest Shaw is starting to lose patience and will consider his future at the club should his first team opportunity’s continue to be limited between now and the end of the season.
Shaw was publicly criticised for his defensive display in the loss at Watford last September, since then the player has struggled to adapt to Mourinho’s demands added with trying to overcome a serious injury having broken his leg in the Champions League away tie with PSV Eindhoven in September 2015, just as he was starting to live up to his hefty price tag having signed under previous boss, Louis Van Gaal.
The England international has not featured in the last six match days and only made the squad for the visit to Blackburn Rovers in last weekend’s FA Cup tie and was an unused substitute after starting the win over Wigan in the previous round.
Mourinho made it clear Shaw is part of his long-term plans and has to become the defender he wants him to be.
“I am playing with Daley Blind, with Marcos Rojo, with Darmian and all of them are playing the way I like a full-back to play.
“Luke has to wait for his chance and work better knowing that I give nothing for free. When I give something to the players it’s expensive for them, they have to work really hard every day.
“They have to play well so he has to wait. In this moment he is behind the others. Potentially he has many things that I like but potential is one thing and another is on the pitch to express all the qualities that I like a player to express.”
With Manchester United the only club still involved in all competitions, Shaw needs to remain calm and take his opportunity when the occasion arises.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena