Saturday, January 25, 2020

Luke Shaw must leave Manchester United this summer

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According to Sky Sports, Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw will consider his future with the club this summer after criticism in the media by United boss Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss launched a scathing attack on the 22-year-old after the Red Devils 2-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-final, in which Shaw was hooked at half-time.

It is not the first time the youngster has been on the end of public criticism from the United boss either.

Set to consider his United future

According to a source close to Shaw, he is considering his future with the club this summer. The source told Sky Sports News: “Mourinho’s treatment of Luke is an absolute disgrace. If he has a problem with him, the decent thing to do would be to keep it in-house.

“If this kind of abuse happened in any other workplace, there would be a case for constructive dismissal. It’s disgusting. A few weeks ago, Mourinho was praising him, now he can’t do anything right.

“Luke’s a strong lad and he won’t let Mourinho ruin his life. He’ll consider his future in the summer and is still determined to be part of the England squad heading for Russia.”

Whoever this so-called ‘source’ is they have it spot on. Mourinho’s treatment of Shaw has been awful. It feels like the former Chelsea boss has something against the full-back and singled him out for criticism via the media, not in the dressing room.

For me, Shaw’s display in the first-half against Brighton was not terrible. However, it seems that Mourinho just does not fancy him as a player and already made up his mind that he is not good enough, no how he performs.

Can fulfil his potential elsewhere

Luke Shaw no doubt has massive potential. When he joined United back in 2014 from Southampton for £27million, he was one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the country. The top clubs were fighting for his signature.

However, the youngster has struggled to live up to his price tag and reputation at Old Trafford, with some stating that he was not mentally ready to make such a big step up at such an early age.

Not playing regularly has not helped his development or his confidence as a player. Young players often need bosses who offer an arm around the shoulder when they are low on confidence.

It seems that Mourinho prefers the smack around the back of the head approach with his young players. Developing young players has never been Mourinho’s strong point, but his treatment of Shaw is just taking it to the next level.

I have full confidence that Shaw could thrive and fulfil his potential under a different boss in a different environment. If a boss shows him enough faith to play him week-in and week-out he will no doubt improve.

He looks to have all the right attributes for the modern-day full-back. However, it is not difficult to see that Mourinho is not getting the best out of the youngster at United.

A queue of clubs for Shaw this summer

If Shaw becomes available this summer, then there will be a massive queue of clubs waiting to sign the talented full-back. The favourites to sign Shaw are Everton at odds of 4/1. The likes of Southampton, West Ham, Leicester and Tottenham are also mooted as possible destinations for the England international, though.

As an Evertonian, I would welcome the Toffees signing Shaw this summer as a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines. He is the sort of player that would thrive at a club like Everton.

The Toffees are accustomed to signing players from United. However, it is usually older players. Shaw’s situation at United is slightly different, as he is just in the wrong place with the wrong manager.

The youngster still has plenty of time to improve and turned into the player that many expected him to. However, that is highly unlikely to happen at Manchester United while Jose Mourinho is in charge, so he needs to head for pastures this summer.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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