Luke Shaw has been patiently waiting for his return to first-team action. However, that wait seems to be going on forever, and following club manager Jose Mourinho’s actions on Tuesday night, the young defender might be under further trouble.
The 22-year-old was expected to make a return after being on the sidelines for much of the season. However, he failed to earn a starting spot in Manchester United’s Carabao Cup encounter against Swansea City. Instead, Mourinho sought to deploy 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe, who has previously made only 5 starts as a Red Devil.
This decision is sure to frustrate Shaw beyond measure, as it appears to be a clear-cut indication that Mourinho wants nothing to do with him, and that his days at Old Trafford are numbered.
Back in 2014, when Louis Van Gaal signed him for £27 million, he was then the world’s most expensive teenager, and had joined the side with many hopes pinned on his imminent success.
However, that was not to be, and the Englishman couldn’t replicate the form her displayed at former club Southampton. Perhaps the slow descent into anonymity began with the freak double leg break injury he suffered in 2015, which ruled him out for a long spell.
Following his return from that horror show, Shaw has always been unfortunate enough to succumb to even more injuries – the most recent being an ankle ligament tear in April. Since then, he has been training hard to regain match fitness, and was a part of United’s pre-season squad that went to the US.
However, he has been only used twice by Mourinho so far, and it certainly appears that the Portuguese boss has lost patience with the youngster, a further add-on to a comment he made in April, wherein he claimed: “I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind.”
With the January transfer window approaching, it seems likely that Shaw will put in a request, and try his luck with some other club rather than waste away at the sidelines and continue to live his nightmare at the Theatre of Dreams.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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