Phil Neville: Something fundamentally wrong with this Man United player
The former Manchester United defender analyses the current Luke Shaw situation at Old Trafford
Phil Neville believes there must be something fundamentally wrong with Luke Shaw if Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is persistently calling out the defender.
The England defender has been the subject of relentless criticism this season from his manager after Mourinho took over the reins from Louis van Gaal back in May 2016.
The 20-time English champions signed Shaw in a £27m deal from Southampton in the 2014 summer transfer window following the dismissal of David Moyes and Van Gaal’s subsequent appointment.
Shaw had a mixed first season at Old Trafford before the promising left-back broke his leg during Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League back in September 2015.
The 21-year-old has struggled with fitness issues this season under Mourinho, and Shaw has been limited to nine appearances in the Premier League.
The Manchester United boss was critical of Shaw after Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw despite the defender’s role in the Red Devils’s equaliser.
Speaking to BBC Sport about the under-performing left-back, former Manchester United defender Neville said:
“I know he’s suffered an injury but there must be something fundamentally wrong if the manager is questioning your attitude, training performances, desire.
“That from a 21-year-old with the world at your feet, you think maybe this is the last throw of the dice from Jose to try and get something out of Luke Shaw that he knows is in there.”