Luke Shaw has had to settle for cup appearances in recent weeks for Manchester United, as Jose Mourinho has preferred the experience of Ashley Young ahead of him.
The former Southampton man has endured a complicated relationship with Mourinho since the Portuguese manager arrived at Old Trafford but was introduced from the bench last night with United chasing a winner at Selhurst Park last night.
In the end, Nemanja Matic clinched a late winning goal to see off Crystal Palace, completing a comeback that saw them come from two goals behind early on in the second half and Shaw’s energy down the left certainly helped.
However, United fans noticed that Shaw did not look especially trim. He has struggled with his fitness in the past, even stretching back to the days when Louis van Gaal was in charge at Old Trafford and some fans thought that his old issues may have resurfaced.
After all, there must be a reason that he was dropped just weeks after Mourinho named him among the world’s best left backs.
Not everyone agreed however, and we’ve taken a look at the contrasting opinions on Shaw’s condition as he pushes for a start in Saturday’s crunch clash with arch rivals Liverpool.
Luke Shaw’s got a figure like a bag of beach balls .. I know he’s not played lately but a professional football shouldn’t be putting weight on during the season no matter if he’s playing regularly or not
Sort of explains why Ashley Young’s been getting the nod over him from Jose
— Jimmy McBride (@jimmymcbride1) March 5, 2018
Don't think it's anything wrong with Shaw, he's not fat or unfit. Played 5 games in 3 weeks over x-mas, you try that….
— MerlinUnited (@MerlinUnited) March 6, 2018
Luke Shaw is not fat. He has a belly full of rocket fuel
— Liam Whelan (@liam11) March 6, 2018
People moaning about Shaw not being in the starting line up.
Did you see him? Clearly unfit. Again.
— Gaz (@garyMUFC86) March 5, 2018
Fans saw how fat Shaw has gotten last night and some will still want him to start against Salah on the weekend… https://t.co/xUWy6SIRJc
— Lao (@Laolu07) March 6, 2018
I’d take a fat one legged blindfolded Luke Shaw over Ashley Young any day
— ♆ Prince Paul (@ShawFutbol) March 6, 2018
Don't care if he looks fat Luke Shaw should be starting Left Back ahead of Young every game #mufc
— DisneyRascal (@disneyrascal86) March 6, 2018
Luke Shaw isn't wintering very well is he!
— Michael Beech (@Beech365) March 5, 2018
Tbf Shaw isn't that good either, but is it just me or does Shaw looking really really fat?
— Luke Boylan (@lukeboylan99) March 5, 2018
He would have to lose a stone before Saturday 😆
— Phil (@philclarkster) March 6, 2018
Luke Shaw still lashing into the mars bars I see by the shape of him. last night,
— Paul O Toole (@PaulOToole12) March 6, 2018
All you saying Shaw looked this looked that are on some nonsense. How do you get your rhythm and confidence going without considerable game time and a manager who doesn't want to improve you. Even when he has great games he still gets dropped
— 7evaah 🕎 (@Lukey_no7even) March 6, 2018
State of Luke Shaw. Looks like Gordon Ramsay at soccer aid.
— Sambo (@2srewobmas) March 5, 2018