Luke Shaw’s Manchester United career has taken another setback after manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that he will play no part in tonight’s Europa League tie against Saint-Etienne.
The left-back, who recovered from a double leg fracture last year, has struggled for game time since November.
In total, Shaw has made 13 appearances in all competitions, but just two outings since the turn of the year.
The England international is not believed to be struggling with any injury woes, but the fact that he is not being used in Europe pours doubt over his long-term future.
Having said that, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial were snubbed by Mourinho for chunks of the campaign and both have fought their ways back.
Many would have assumed that Shaw would get a run-out in France this evening, but Mourinho has opted to stick with the same back four.
The Mirror quotes Mourinho as saying:
“He’s not playing tomorrow because my team is playing well. I am happy with my back four, and I’m going to repeat Valencia, Bailly, Smalling and Daley Blind.”
Some fans have speculated that Shaw’s position at the club is doomed if he is not included in the team for this weekend’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Blackburn Rovers.
Others believe that Mourinho knows best and should be backed in his decisions regarding Shaw.