Luke Shaw needs to realise his potential at Manchester United

Luke Shaw put in an impressive display on Tuesday night as Manchester United beat CSKA Moscow 2-1, in their final Champions League group game, with the left-back scooping up the man-of-the-match award. It was a much-needed performance from the former Southampton player, who has had limited chances at Old Trafford since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club.

Mourinho has questioned Shaw’s work ethic, and in a similar vein, Louis van Gaal raised question marks over Shaw’s fitness when he was the boss. Nevertheless, it seems both managers rate Shaw ability-wise, otherwise, I’m sure he would have been out of the door a while ago.

I, for one, praised the signing of Luke Shaw when he arrived at the club in 2014. I thought of it in a similar mold to Rio Ferdinand, or Wayne Rooney – a young English player coming to United and playing the majority of their career here. I still think this is possible for Luke Shaw but he seriously needs to kick on from Tuesday’s performance, especially with the transfer talk of Danny Rose circulating around at the moment.

I feared that if Shaw didn’t perform last night, he would have been out of the door, so I feel that I speak for most United fans when I say that I am relieved he played so well. Like I said, we all know, as fans, that Shaw has the ability to be United’s left back for the next decade or so. He just needs to want it as much the fans want it to happen.

The question is why isn’t he getting chances? Is Mourinho seeing something in training? Lack of effort? Dietary issues? Who knows. United great Paul Scholes seems to think it could be something along those lines. The Daily Mail reported:

“It’s difficult to say as we don’t see what goes on behind the scenes. I don’t think he lives his life as clean as he possibly should do.

“With his body shape, he looks like a player who needs to be playing every week. We had Wayne Rooney, who was a player if he missed a couple of games you knew, he wasn’t looking after himself. He needed to be playing all the time, Saturday, Tuesday, whatever it may be.”

Another problem that Shaw has had is that Ashley Young has been fantastic at left back this season, and is probably stopping him from getting a solid run of games in the team. However, I do feel as though Mourinho needs to give Shaw a solid run of games instead of chances here and there, as that won’t allow him to gain any sort of rhythm or consistency.

Will Luke Shaw ever ben United’s modern-day answer to Denis Irwin? Probably not. However, I do think that if he could sort out whatever it is that’s holding him back, he could be a fantastic player for United. It seems as though he is a player that needs an arm over his shoulder, and unfortunately, not many players get that sort of treatment from Mourinho. Who knows, maybe this man-of-the-match performance may restart his Manchester United career. I’m sure I’m not the only one that hopes so.


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