At the moment, a day does not seem to go by when Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is not featured in the sports pages.
The England international’s situation at Old Trafford has come under scrutiny once again following another verbal bashing by manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese coach took aim at the 22-year-old after hauling him off at half-time of the Red Devils’ 2-0 victory over Brighton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
In the past, Mourinho has criticised Shaw’s fitness level and his dedication to fighting his way back into the United team.
Ever since the left-back’s double leg break in 2015, he has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first XI, and for the majority of this season he has had to watch traditional winger Ashley Young take his place.
Understandably, the player’s future at United has come under question, with some tipping him for a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Football pundit Ray Wilkins believes that the reason behind Mourinho’s public criticism is for Shaw to step up the gears.
Sky Sports quotes Wilkins as saying:
“He is looking for a reaction from Luke. I feel for Luke a little bit because when he was at Southampton he looked an outstanding prospect at left back and it was a good move for him to move to Old Trafford. But I’ve said on numerous occasions – when you go to Old Trafford, it’s not only what you can do with the ball, you’ve got to have the mentality of a winner as well and perhaps Jose is not quite seeing that in Luke at this moment in time.”