If there is one player that has garnered more criticisms than any other by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford then it is Luke Shaw.
If it wasn’t his performances, then it was question marks over his fitness, in truth there isn’t much that the Special One hasn’t questioned of our young left back – a standoff that a lot of supporters have found uncomfortable to watch with many feeling that Shaw’s treatment has been harsh.
I have to admit that although I am uncertain of Shaw’s ability, I do believe he has been managed poorly.
Quite why Jose Mourinho doesn’t see it in the club’s best interests to send the guy out on loan to see if he can recapture some Premier League form and ultimately prove that he could be an asset at Old Trafford.
The reality is the player now heads into the final 6 months of his contract and eligible to quit on a free, despite us spending close to £30m to secure his services a few seasons ago.
I question as to whether has ever really been given a chance at the club – especially given the issues we have at left back.
There is a lot of talk that Mourinho will be hoping to use Shaw as a part of a transfer approach for Danny Rose; however, why would Tottenham do business, especially if they know they can pick him up for free at the end of the season.
The player himself has talked up his admiration for Pochettino and claimed he would love to play for the manager once again. I do however wonder whether we are missing a trick in not putting faith in Shaw and whether a move away could come back to haunt us in time – especially if he plays for a manager that has greater faith in him.
So I ask the question as to whether we should send Shaw out on loan in January, to provide a last chance saloon for the player and to prove to the club he deserves to be a regular fixture in the United team at left back. He surely proves a better option than Ashley Young doesn’t he?