Ahead of Manchester United's game against Swansea City last weekend - which they won 3-1 - Luke Shaw was forced to pull out through injury.
And while the 21-year-old wasn't missed, that didn't stop Jose Mourinho from publicly criticising him and Chris Smalling - who also dropped out - for not playing through the pain barrier.
The Portuguese said in a post-match interview: "There is a difference between the brave, who want to play at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.
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"For the team, you have to do anything."
Shaw has reportedly been taking painkilling injections recently, understood to help his recovery from last year's leg break against PSV Eindhoven.
That wasn't good enough for Mourinho, though, with Shaw expressing to his teammates that he was "baffled" by the comments made.
A fresh update, per the Daily Mail, has now surfaced. According to the report, Shaw has told close friends that he doesn't think he has a future at the Theatre of Dreams under Mourinho.
The England left-back remains determined to fight for his place, but fears are beginning to creep in that his days are numbered at United.
Club legend Gary Neville is a big fan of Shaw's but recently admitted that he needs to toughen up.
"I think Luke is a more complex character," he said, per Sky Sports. "He is young, has moved away from Southampton, and he needs to mature physically and mentally.
"He is such a huge talent but obviously has had injury problems and is not over them from a mental point of view and he needs to work on that.
"He is a young person with big expectation, but he is now in the spotlight at a big club, and Manchester United doesn't take prisoners.
"Jose Mourinho won't either because it will be him or the players that are going to survive and he doesn't work on the theory it will be the players.
"Jose is looking to make his name at Manchester United and he has to make sure he has the players alongside him he wants."
Shaw's road to redemption begins next Saturday against Arsenal, where he will hope to start and prove his worth to Mourinho.