Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes that Luke Shaw‘s time at Manchester United has essentially come to an end.
Jose Mourinho publicly criticised the Englishman’s work rate back in April but did hand him opportunities to impress against Everton, Sunderland and Anderlecht before he picked up an ankle injury against Swansea City.
But he has failed to reassert himself since returning and recent reports have claimed that his relationship with Mourinho has completely broken down.
And Nicol, speaking earlier this week, noted that Shaw’s demise at Man United has become so severe and untenable that he may as well seek a move elsewhere.
“He needs to go, he needs to leave,” he said. “Listen, as soon as your manager has annihilated you in the press the way he got annihilated, you can forget about it.”
“He’s a good player but he’s wasting his time at Manchester United.”
Shaw has been at the club for almost three and a half years and still hasn’t really laid down much of a marker: no considerable runs in the starting XI, very few standout performances, just three assists, and a litany of injuries.
And his confidence appears to be in the gutter under Mourinho. There is, you sense, a very specific kind of work ethic – manifested through one’s day-to-day attitude as well as on the pitch – Mourinho demands from his players that Shaw simply doesn’t have.
At this point, it feels more like a matter of ‘when’, rather than ‘if, Shaw will head elsewhere to reinvigorate his career.