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.
— Oliver Flynn (@Oliver_Flynn87) February 15, 2017
Still believe José Mourinho is the man for us but he can suck his mudder him for what he's doing to Luke Shaw #mufc
— Jason Ellis (@BlackbauerJME) February 15, 2017
— Red Devils India (@red_devil_india) February 15, 2017
— Balu (@getbalumenon) February 15, 2017
Shaw not going to be involved tomorrow. His future will be in serious doubt now If he doesn't get into the team against Blackburn too. #mufc
— Zaid Khan (@iamzaidk) February 15, 2017
Feel sorry for Luke Shaw but he has to fight and earn back his spot #mufc
— JOHNTE (@johnoti08531694) February 15, 2017
— When The Seagulls (@whentheseaguIIs) February 15, 2017
Luke Shaw's way back in the team is through the Fa cup. Doubt he'll start in any other competitions.
— stupid foul (@LovUtd) February 15, 2017
With every passing day, my fear for Luke Shaw keeps increasing, hope I am wrong! Really want him to be a success at Utd!
— Daleyyyyyyy (@iamanireddevil) February 15, 2017
— Roy (@rmt_1529) February 15, 2017
luke shaw cant even play in the europa league.. damnn
— Game Zikwanje (@dreymafioso) February 15, 2017
The way Jose answered the Luke Shaw question.. I can see the guy moving away over the summer
— Henrik (@_Barrack__) February 15, 2017
really feel for @LukeShaw23 a decent lad who needs a chance/run of games at the end of day he couldn't help the awful injury last season.
— Bob howard (@RHoward472) February 15, 2017