Rio Ferdinand opens up about Luke Shaw’s situation at Man United
The Man United legend discusses Luke Shaw's future prospects under current manager Jose Mourinho
Rio Ferdinand believes Luke Shaw should comfortably be Manchester United’s best left-back despite the Englishman falling behind Ashley Young in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils signed the England international in a £27m deal from Southampton in the 2014 summer transfer window under Louis van Gaal.
While Shaw struggled with fitness issues during his first campaign at Old Trafford, the 22-year-old made a commanding start to the 2015-16 season to make the left-back spot his own.
However, the Manchester United starlet suffered a double leg fracture during a 2-1 loss at PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League in September 2015 to cut his season short.
Shaw made his return to first-team action under Van Gaal’s successor Jose Mourinho but the Manchester United full-back has failed to convince the Portuguese coach.
Indeed, Mourinho has regularly criticised Shaw’s attitude and work ethic over the past 18 months to call into question the left-back’s future at Old Trafford.
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move to sign Shaw after the Englishman fell behind Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and veteran Young in the pecking order.
However, Shaw impressed with a man of the match performance in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night to offer hope that he may have a future at Old Trafford,
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand is adamant that given Shaw’s talent, the England international should be the club’s undisputed first-choice left-back.
“I think Mourinho was just prodding him at the beginning to see what reaction he would get,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“He wanted a positive reaction and he didn’t get that and I think then comes frustration from a manager’s perspective.
“Therein lies the problem – he’s looking for Shaw to give him that problem with Ashley Young playing so well.
“Who wants to take on the mantle as the best left-back at the club? Because Shaw shouldn’t be under any competition at the football club.”