It seems that since Jose Mourinho’s arrival, nobody is safe in the Manchester United squad.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger banished and Henrikh Mkhitaryan benched, the Special One has taken no prisoners at Old Trafford. Even with United lingering in seventh place, he isn’t showing shines of relenting.
Moreover, recent performances have seen Mourinho question the future of a player who had previously been seen as a first team regular.
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That’s right, the man in question is Luke Shaw no less. While the Englishman wouldn’t prove a fall guy comparable to Schweinsteiger, dropping Shaw would still provoke it’s fair share of uproar.
Despite having largely impressed under Louis van Gaal, Mourinho has been far from pleased with the 21-year-old’s start to the season.
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This has been the case ever since the Manchester Derby where Shaw was criticised for his inability to restrict the swashbuckling runs of Jesus Navas. Furthermore, it speaks volumes that the ex-Southampton man’s last league start for United came in the 3-1 humiliation at Watford.
Such mediocre form and Mourinho’s decision to drop the Englishman has harked back to the Special One’s initial reaction to Shaw’s United transfer.
According to the Independent, Mourinho stated in 2014 that: “When you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid – a good player, fantastic player – but when you pay that amount of money, the next day, we would have had players knocking on our door.”
It’s fair to say the 53-year-old was skeptical of the transfer during his Chelsea reign and his treatment of Shaw this season suggests he is staying true to his word.
Furthermore, the Daily Mail are even reporting that Mourinho is so disgruntled that Shaw could be shown the exit at Old Trafford. It’s being frequented that the left-back simply hasn’t convinced his boss over these first few months together.
The man himself is also frustrated at his form though and, as per the Independent, expressed his annoyance at being dropped for the Chelsea fixture.
The 23-year-old explained: “It's normal that you're frustrated on Sunday because I would have loved to play in that game (against Chelsea), but it obviously wasn't meant to be.
“At the end of the day, it is the manager's decision.
“Obviously with the injury with Eric (Bailly) now, it might be my time to step up and show the manager what I can do and that he can trust me. Hopefully I will play on Saturday against Burnley and get another 90 minutes and a good result with that.”
So while it’s clear that Shaw will have sufficient time to redeem himself, he’ll have to do so soon rather than later. Besides, with Daley Blind in immaculately consistent form, he’ll have to pull his finger out or bite the bullet.
After all, if he can be sure of anything it’s that if United are struggling, Mourinho won’t hesitate to take it out on the stragglers.
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