Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw’s progression at Old Trafford has been a series of shortcomings, and his future at the club looks bleak.
The promising England international is in his 4th season at the Mancunian club, but injuries and lacklustre performances have overshadowed his brilliance that was seen in flashes under former manager Louis van Gaal.
Shaw suffered two major injuries that kept him out for long periods, and this season too, he has just featured for 45 minutes after recovering from a ligament injury.
Shaw was recently asked to play for United’s reserves side against West Ham United, so as to help him regain his shape and fitness, but his performance in the 2-4 loss has led to fans being worried.
Several of them took to social media site Twitter to highlight Shaw’s ineffective show blended with no hunger to perform, and are concerned regarding his future at the club.
Time is up for Luke Shaw. Abysmal attitude, summed up here as he walks back while West Ham attack. Wasn't interested today at all pic.twitter.com/6NJIO71NVI
— Matt (@MattP260599) October 15, 2017
Watched Luke Shaw at the West Ham U23s today. Looked overweight, unfit, didn’t work hard enough. Sad. His future on the line & didn’t care.
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_Inkersole88) October 15, 2017
Is threre anyone who still thinks Luke shaw has a future at united?
— David Byer (@thedavidbyer) October 14, 2017
Luke Shaw struggling to impress once again. Sad to see. Move for Danny Rose in Jan?
— Joe (@JT1878) October 15, 2017
Luke Shaw offered less on the pitch than Alexander Buttner did but yer son thinks his United career failed because he broke his leg in 2015
— Mike (@MikeLUHG) October 15, 2017
2 problems for Luke Shaw playing for under 23's
1. They're horrible defensively without Tuanzebe
2. It's difficult to assess where he's at
— Enda Higgins (@endahiggins88) October 15, 2017
Apparently Luke Shaw was absolutely horrific for the U23s last night… Can't see anything but a summer exit for him. #MUFC
— Waheed Vadi (@WaheedVadi) October 16, 2017
Manager Jose Mourinho has plenty of options at left-back, like Daley Blind, and makeshift players for the position such as Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young. Also, there is Marcos Rojo, who is currently sidelined with injury, but is a solid player in both left and central defence.
This makes Shaw’s case difficult, and if performances don’t improve, he could well be out of the side. Jose has criticised Shaw in the past, and this term, he stated that the youngster needs time, and isn’t anywhere near other players in the squad in terms of fitness.
For now, Shaw has no place in the side, and he needs to show promise to make Mourinho hand him opportunities, or else his career in Manchester is destined to meet a dead end sooner rather than later.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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