Mourinho Explains Why Luke Shaw Has Been Left Out From United Squad

Luke Shaw prepares to take a throw as manager Jose Mourinho looks on.

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Luke Shaw has been left out of Manchester United’s Europa League squad to face St Etienne, fueling more speculations over his Old Trafford future.

And Jose Mourinho has confirmed Luke Shaw will remain on the sidelines for the time being and must learn from Henrikh Mkhitaryan if he wished to earn a call up.

When asked about Shaw’s most recent omission, the Portuguese boss said: “Because I am playing with Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Darmian.

“They are playing the way I like a full back to play and Luke has to wait for his chance knowing I give nothing for free. When I give something to the players it is not cheap, it is expensive.

“They have to work 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. He has to work hard like Mkhitaryan did for an extended period of time.”

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The 21-year-old Englishman has been overlooked for the United team heading to France for the last-32 second leg, with skipper Wayne Rooney and Matteo Darmian also misses the bus despite training on Tuesday.

Rooney enjoyed his first session since injury yesterday and Darmian was involved in the FA Cup action at Blackburn on Sunday, while Shaw has made only one appearance since November 30.

The struggling left-back, having gone through niggling issues on his return from a horrific double leg break, has been fit since mid-January but only played in the FA Cup fourth-round victory against Wigan.

Missing out on United’s subsequent four squads, Shaw returned to the bench at Blackburn during Sunday’s FA Cup fifth-round fixture.

Earlier it was believed, Shaw would be given a chance to impress at St Etienne, where Manchester United will boast a 3-0 lead from the first leg, yet the defender has once again been left out of the squad for the Europa League encounter.


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