Defender told to leave Man United

Stuart Pearce warns Luke Shaw that he might have to leave Manchester United

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Stuart Pearce has urged Luke Shaw to leave Manchester United in the summer.

The England defender has struggled to tie down a regular starting spot in the Manchester United side under new manager Jose Mourinho this season.

Indeed, Shaw has only started seven games in the Premier League this term, while the full-back has made a further two appearances from the bench.

Mourinho has been critical of the former Southampton left-back in recent weeks which has led to speculation that Shaw could leave the 20-time English champions.

Shaw moved to Manchester United in a £27m deal from Southampton in the 2014 summer transfer window before suffering a horror leg break in September 2015.

Speaking to talkSPORT about the Manchester United left-back, Pearce urged Shaw to consider a summer transfer if the 21-year-old doesn’t believe he can change Mourinho’s mind.

“There’s a bit of frustration there with Mourinho, and he’s vented it… but I wonder whether it has happened privately before the public outburst. Jose’s first point of call with Luke was probably not what we’ve all seen now.

“Maybe he tried to have a little word in his ear, put an arm around the shoulder, and it’s just not worked. He might have tried all that and has thought to himself, ‘hang on son, you’re not getting the message’, and we’ve ended up with what we’ve got now.

“If it gets a reaction from Luke, and he rolls his sleeves up and says ‘I’ll show you’, then everyone’s happy.

“But if he doesn’t, and the lad thinks he isn’t loved at Manchester United, then he’s probably going to have to move clubs.”

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Manchester United will take on Premier League strugglers Sunderland in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Shaw came off the bench to help Manchester United rescue a 1-1 draw with Everton.

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