Manchester United Football Club have been in a pretty rich vein of form recently, with Jose Mourinho’s men really clicking into gear at a crucial stage of the season. One player who hasn’t played all that much recently is Luke Shaw.
In my opinion, the Englishman is without a doubt, the most talented left-back we have in the current squad. However, for one reason or another, the manager just doesn’t seem to fancy him, opting for the likes of Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo out there instead.
Now a former Manchester United full-back has weighed in on the situation. Mikael Silvestre has claimed that Shaw is overthinking things way too much, and he’s in a bit of limbo about whether he should stay or go.
“I think he is over thinking. That’s his problem,” Silvestre told MEN Sport in an exclusive.
“United’s full-backs are there to defend, obviously, but then it is about going forward, charging ahead and putting in good crosses in and helping your team build attacks.
“But Luke isn’t doing that any more. He is thinking twice about whether he should go or not. Should I stay, should I go? His mind is in turmoil.”
“He should just go because the other guys are going to cover for him. His best attributes for me are when he is going forward and helping with the attack. In the last third he should be getting to the byline. That’s what Manchester United full backs do. He needs to get back to doing that without thinking about it.”
At this point in time, I do feel sorry for the 21-year-old. Obviously, he’s had a tough last couple of years since that horrific leg-breaking injury and that wouldn’t have been easy for him.
The situation with the manager seems a bit bizarre. Mourinho has opted for the tough-love approach with him at times and that clearly hasn’t worked. My fear is what our current boss is pretty stubborn and once his mind has been made up it tends to be hard to change that opinion.
Would I personally sell Shaw? No. Can I see him leaving the club in the summer? Definitely, unless he starts getting a regular run in the side before the end of the season.