Jose Mourinho hasn’t minced words when it comes to Luke Shaw. After the starlet’s dismal showing against Brighton in the FA Cup, wherein he was subbed off at half-time, the Portuguese gaffer has been strong in his criticism of the 22-year-old.
And one can’t help but feel awful for the former Southampton player, who arrived at United in 2014 as the then world-record signing for a teenager for a fee of £30 million.
However, in the years since, freak injuries have cut his playing time miserably short as well as arguably dwindling his potential to a minimum.
This recent scalding on part of Mourinho might spell the end of his days at Old Trafford, and yet, his recent antics seem to indicate otherwise.
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As per M.E.N, Shaw has been putting in extra training hours at Carrington over the past few days. This is despite it being the international break, where other players not on duty are taking time off to enjoy themselves.
This sort of action certainly shows great commitment on part of the Englishman, who seems to have taken the criticism to heart.
What is important, however, is to see whether or not it will have any effect on Mourinho’s viewpoint about him. The manager has had a mixed array of responses over Shaw’s future over his two years in-charge, and that pattern could well continue.
However, one United legend, Paul Scholes, seems to think otherwise. Speaking after the FA Cup win, he declared: “It’s disappointing because when Luke Shaw first came here you thought: what a left-back he is, he could be the best.
“It’s a relationship that come the summer will end. He’s just not played many games, just his body shape, he looks like needs to play games.”
And yet, another legend, Gary Neville, had this to say about Shaw’s future (via Sky Sports): “At the moment, his potential is not being recognized.
“I’ve got a great belief in Luke Shaw and the reality is it would be a great shame if he leaves United without fulfilling his potential. There are a lot of players out there with less ability but maximizing their potential and I just hope he can get there.”