Luke Shaw has been warned by United legend Gary Neville that his reputation will be severely damaged if he doesn’t respond to José Mourinho’s criticism of his commitment to Manchester United.
Shaw wasn’t in the squad during Saturday’s frustrating goalless draw with West Brom. The left-back’s future looks uncertain after Mourinho said he cannot compare his attitude with those of United’s other left-backs, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young. The Portuguese said Shaw was a “long way behind” in terms of commitment, focus and ambition.
The manager’s criticism has raised the prospect of the England defender leaving United this summer, with Spurs reportedly monitoring the situation. However, Neville, who worked with Shaw on the National team, has urged the 21-year-old to prove his manager wrong.
“The reality of it is Luke Shaw will be given a chance to play in a few weeks time and it’s his performance on the pitch that will count. He has the talent to play for Manchester United,” said Sky Sports pundit Neville.
“Players have got to be able to handle it. He’s playing for Man United and he’s got to fill that shirt and have broad shoulders. It’s worked with Mkhitaryan and Martial, they’ve responded, and Luke Shaw needs to respond in the same way.”
One thing for sure is that before Shaw suffered the horrendous leg break last season, he was an asset to the side. However, it seems that the injury has pushed him two steps backwards in terms of confidence and quality, which is why he needs to work hard to regain his form.
At just 21 years of age, Shaw has plenty of time to become a regular in the left-back spot at Manchester United and I strongly feel he could hold down that position for several years.
The worst thing for us to do at this point is sell Luke Shaw. Selling him would mean splashing the cash on yet another unproven young left-back, which is totally unnecessary seeing as we have one already. Shaw proved that he can live up to his potential in his first season at United and I am certain that he can regain confidence and become one of the best left-backs in the Premier League.
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