Shaw enjoyed a strong start to life under the Portuguese, impressing during the first five games of the Premier League season, but quickly fell out of favour after pulling out of the squad just hours before Man United’s clash with Swansea City in November, citing a lack of physical and mental strength ahead of the encounter.
He has now descended into anonymity at Old Trafford, managing just 70 minutes of Premier League action since October, leading to Mourinho reportedly placing emphasis on securing a new left-back over the summer.
And according to M.E.N’s Samuel Luckhurst, some first team members believe that Shaw is not helping himself with his approach to training this season.
Shaw's training performances and attitude have been a concern for months. Even teammates say Shaw 'doesn't help himself'. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) April 2, 2017
Perhaps we have reached a point now where Shaw’s credentials to succeed at this level have to be severely questioned. The fact that Roy Hodgson, Louis van Gaal, Mauricio Pochettino and Mourinho have all expressed concerns surrounding the Englishman’s fitness suggests that there exists an underlying problem that, if not addressed, could lead to Shaw fading away at Old Trafford over the next year.
He is, of course, still in the nascent stages of his career, but the fact that Van Gaal – who, whilst undoubtedly flawed in many areas of his managerial approach, does have an eye for spotting young talent – immediately voiced doubt over the 21-year-old’s credentials demonstrates that the demands at this level exceed his actual ability.