Luke Shaw’s turbulent career at Manchester United continues – but the defender should take encouragement from other players who have fought back from being outcasts.
United made Shaw the most expensive teenager in the world when they signed the left-back from Southampton in 2014, but while he has shown moments of promise, he has struggled to fully win over both Louis van Gaal and now Jose Mourinho.
Speaking about Shaw’s struggle to break into the Red Devils’ side recently, Mourinho said: “I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition. He is a long way behind.”
It is not the first time Mourinho has publicly criticised the 21-year-old, although the duo are understood to have met on Monday for clear-the-air talks, after which Shaw made the bench for the 1-1 draw with Everton, appearing in the second half to help the hosts salvage a point.
Mourinho, however, remained unconvinced.
He said: “He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. He has to change his football brain.
“We need his fantastic physical and technical qualities but he cannot play with my brain.
“He must accelerate the process. Twenty-one is old enough to have a better understanding. He has a future here but Manchester United cannot wait.”
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