Is it time for him to quit United?
Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has told Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw that it’s surely all over for him at Old Trafford after recent criticism from Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils manager has not been shy to single out Shaw after a bad performance, and made it all too clear where he stood on the England international earlier this year.
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Speaking back in April, Mourinho was quoted in the Guardian as saying: ‘I cannot compare the way he (Shaw) trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind.’
Shaw has since struggled to earn a regular place in United’s first-team, with the likes of Ashley Young and Daley Blind preferred to him there this season despite not being natural left-backs.
Youngster Axel Tuanzebe also got a look-in in the League Cup win over Swansea City this week, confirming just how far Shaw has fallen down the pecking order.
Nicol now believes the 22-year-old has no option but to move on as he is wasting his time at Old Trafford.
‘He needs to go, he needs to leave. Listen, as soon as your manager has annihilated you in the press the way he got annihilated, you can forget about it,’ the Scot told ESPN, as quoted in the Manchester Evening News.
‘He’s a good player but he’s wasting his time at Manchester United.’
Shaw joined United from Southampton back in 2014, but has had his fitness troubles during his time with the club, particularly after a leg break saw him miss much of the 2015/16 campaign.
The Daily Record have linked him with a move to Tottenham in recent months, and it seems increasingly likely that Shaw will have to look elsewhere to revive his career.