The Englishman was publicly criticised by Mourinho prior to Manchester United’s clash with Everton for failing to produce the required level of work rate to stake a place in the starting XI.
He was then thrown on during the 1-1 draw with Ronald Koeman’s side and delighted supporters with an energetic, dedicated performance, winning a penalty for his side in the dying stages to preserve Man United’s unbeaten run.
And Thompson, speaking on Sky Sports, noted that Mourinho would use Shaw during the closing stages of the season in order place him in the shop window ahead of the summer.
“I feel that come the close season, Jose will try to move him on. It’d take a massive turn of events for him [to stay]. Even if he has two or three good games between now and the end of the season it’s not going to change Jose’s mind about him.
“So I think he will be looking, maybe he [Mourinho] will give him a couple of games to try and up his price to move him on in the summer.
“For Shaw’s progression I think he needs to play more and I would think it’d be better for him to move.”
Thompson is indeed somewhat echoing the sentiments espoused by Mourinho in the wake of United’s draw with Everton. The Portuguese noted that, in spite of the Shaw’s talent, there was little time at this level – at this particular time in United’s season – to oversee the youngster’s progression from promising defender to somebody capable of occupying the left-back spot on a frequent basis.
This is crunch time for Shaw: the next month or so will see him receive a number of opportunities, and it is down to him and him alone to determine whether these games will serve as a precursor for further chances next season or a move elsewhere. As it stands, it feels as if the latter is more likely.