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Luke Shaw out for the remainder of the season, is this it for him?

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw will not recover from his latest injury before the end of the season in what could be a blow for the Old Trafford club whose defensive injuries have left some positions weakened for the final four matches of the season, five if United beat Celta Vigo at the Theatre of Dreams tonight. Ashley Young, a fullback under the management of Jose Mourinho this season is also out of action for the remainder of the season, along with Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Matteo Darmian has played at left-back during the last few matches and that position will have to be filled by Darmian, Daley Blind or even Demetri Mitchell who has been involved in first team training for a period of time. It has been a tough season for Luke Shaw, having returned from his double leg break at the end of last season, playing during pre-season and proving his fitness. Injuries and criticism of his performances in matches and during training have seen the 21-year-old on the sidelines for much of the season, seemingly ending the season in the same predicament. Mourinho confirmed the injured players could not return in his press conference ahead fo the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo, saying:

“Since the last injuries, we know that nobody will recover on time, even to play the last match of the season, so the ones out will be out for the season. But people are ready, fresh, with a big desire to play the game.

“I am proud because we have important injuries that have reduced the possibility of rotation, of turnover, of resting players, so the players are the ones that are present all the time since we have this problem. So, yes, I’m proud, but one more match to be in a European final – we must give everything we have.”

At the end of April, Shaw was replaced during the 1-1 draw against Swansea City at Old Trafford early in the first half, unable to continue. Mourinho confirmed that it was a big injury with the play set for a spell on the sidelines. Shaw has undergone surgery on an ankle ligament injury, according to reports by The Mirror, facing up to four months out, meaning his pre-season in the summer will be non-existent, which could see Mourinho search for a new left-back with the future of Matteo Darmian up in the air at this moment in time. Shaw has been linked with a number of possible moves away from the Old Trafford club in the summer with Tottenham Hotspur a likely destination to be managed by former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino once again. However, the likelihood of Shaw being able to prove his fitness ahead of the new season will be slim, meaning that either a move will be made with the buying club taking a risk, or Shaw staying at United, aiming to prove himself under Mourinho, which was thought to be the option he wanted to take.

When Shaw signed for United during the summer of 2014, he was tipped to be the successor of Patrice Evra, who left for Juventus the same summer, for the next decade at least. The England international has been unlucky during his time at United, suffering seven injuries, three of which meaning he will have missed a significant number of matches for his club. Many players have had injuries at the same stage of Shaw’s career, some of whom have come back and found their feet, which is something I am sure the player would want to do, whether that is by continuing to play for United, or at another club, which could well be the case. I am sure Mourinho would not write the player off completely, but if there are issues surrounding his participation, performance and abilities, it would be clear that the player will not fit the profile of the players Mourinho will want at United, which will be a shame. Shaw is a proficient left-back and can attack with pace, ability and an eye for a perfect cross or a pass – losing that would be a loss unless Mourinho has found a player of the same calibre to perform in the same role.

Do you think Luke Shaw has a future at Manchester United? Let us know in the comments section below…

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