Manchester United Defender Luke Shaw is only seeing time these days in Cup matches, and not in league competition anymore. He’s now fallen below both Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind on the left back depth chart. Shaw won’t be playing tomorrow night in the Europa League round of 32 against St. Etienne either.
During his pre-match press briefing, manager Jose Mourinho indicated that Luke Shaw will indeed not be a part of his plans in this one.
Mourinho said: “He’s not playing because my team is playing well and I am happy with my back four, and I’m going to repeat Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind.”
Two days ago, Jose Mourinho explained why Luke Shaw is relegated below the bench, despite his being match fit.
“The only thing I can say is that Luke is working well,” Mourinho said.
“I don’t have any problem and he’s working well. He’s fighting hard, there is no problem with him. He has to work and wait. Against Watford I wanted one defender on the bench and the defender is someone who can play in more than one position.”
Shaw has suffered through an injury-plagued career at United, and in the big picture, you have to think that his number of chances could be running out soon. Earlier this season, manager Jose Mourinho has publicly called out the young Englishman, and there has been reported contention between Shaw and his teammates.
It appears that Mourinho hasn’t quite given up on him just yet, but obviously, the guy who signed the richest contract for a teenager when he was brought up from Southampton has miles to go.
So we’ll see what happens with this Luke Shaw situation, lots of season left to figure it all out. Watch this space.
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