Luke Shaw has said that he would like to play under Mauricio Pochettino again, and fears that his career as an Old Trafford player may be over.
While the English international was a part of the Manchester United pre-season squad, as he recovered from an ankle injury, the defender has only featured twice this season. But, Luke Shaw fears that his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has broken down, past the point of repair.
The former Chelsea boss has been very critical of Shaw’s ability and even openly question the left-back’s skill a few months ago. However, it seems that things have gotten worse between the 22-year-old and his manager, with the Portuguese man opting to play Axel Tuanzebe in the Carabao Cup tie against Swansea on Tuesday.
According to reports from the Sun, Jose Mourinho is more than happy to bid £50 million in January for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, and while injuries did stall any appearances for Rose last season, he still played 18 games and scored two goals. The 27-year-old also created 28 chances and his explosive style of play would be perfect for Jose Mourinho’s system.
This can only mean the worst for Luke Shaw, with things going from bad to worse since his move. The 22-year-old made his way from Southampton to Manchester United in 2014 for £27m and was rated as one of the hottest prospects in the world. However, a myriad of injuries later and the once most expensive teenager in the world, now finds himself benched consistently.
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) October 24, 2017
However in an interview recently, Shaw spoke out about his relationship with former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino, which could be a potential opening for a swap deal with Tottenham. The 22-year-old said “He used to call me his son. That’s how good our relationship was. I’ve had lots of ups and downs, but when I was with Pochettino it was only ever up, up, up.
Shaw further added “He made me feel that I was the best. He’d show me clips of my games and say, ‘You could do this better’. Not in a horrible way. Not I could have done better, but I should have done better, because he knows I can be better.
For Jose Mourinho, finding the perfect full-back partnership has been a difficult task, especially with the rest of the squad playing together well. However, while Antonio Valencia has made the right-back spot his, Mourinho needs a left-back. While Luke Shaw could certainly make a difference, it looks like the curtain has come down on his Manchester United career and maybe a move to Tottenham would be the best option, with Danny Rose coming the other way.