Manchester United legend and former England right-back Gary Neville believes that Luke Shaw’s future at Old Trafford depends on his response to manager Jose Mourinho’s harsh comments. The 42-year-old wants Shaw to prove the Portuguese manager wrong.
“It’s how Luke Shaw takes those words on. Does he think, ‘That’s it, that’s the end for me’ or does he think, ‘I’ll show you’. I hope it’s the latter. I hope he thinks, ‘I’ll prove this man wrong’ because I do believe in him as a talent and a player,” Gary Neville said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I’ve seen him first-hand. He’s got it to do because the manager’s really throwing down the gauntlet. This is it now. He’s at Manchester United, he’s got to make it work. You don’t want to leave that club and have regrets at the end of your career.”
Mourinho questions Shaw’s United commitment
Mourinho openly questioned Shaw’s commitment and ambition after United’s West Brom encounter on Saturday. The former Real Madrid gaffer revealed that the Englishman was a long way behind his teammates.
“I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition,” Mourinho said, as reported by ESPN.
Neville feels that Mourinho is trying to give the player the jolt required to get him more serious. The former Chelsea manager has done the same with players like Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Chris Smalling, and Anthony Martial. All of them have responded well and are playing regular games for The Red Devils.
Shaw’s United future depends on his attitude
Neville feels that Shaw must react the same way. The 21-year-old could consider his future over at Old Trafford or he could decide to train harder and claim the position of left-back in the first team as his own.
“If I was Luke Shaw, I wouldn’t be looking to get out of Manchester United. I’d be looking at that situation thinking that on Saturday [Mourinho] played Ashley Young at left-back, that he has been playing Matteo Darmian at left-back, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind. These are players who are not out-and-out left-backs,” Neville stated.
“Something has to change for Luke Shaw, because someone with that ability has got to be England and Man United’s number one left-back, and if he’s not, then there is something fundamentally wrong.”
Manchester United next host Everton in the Premier League on Tuesday. The Red Devils currently sit at fifth in the league table, five points behind Manchester City.
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