Neville hints 21-year-old will leave Man United in January transfer window

Phil Neville believes current defender Luke Shaw will leave Old Trafford.

Luke Shaw with Man United team-mate Juan Mata Photo: Juan Mata / Instagram

Phil Neville believes Manchester United defender Luke Shaw will leave Old Trafford in the near future.

Shaw has had a troubled time of things since joining Manchester United in 2014 from Southampton.

A terrible injury early on in his fledgling Red Devils career put plans on the back foot and since his recovery there have been rumours of a struggle to keep weight down and a poor attitude have followed the England defender around.

Shaw has made a mere 32 appearances in three and a half years at Old Trafford, and his current manager, Jose Mourinho, has often singled Shaw out for criticism in comments to the media.

Now, rumours of a potential January move for a left-back are circulating, leaving Shaw’s United future looking decidedly shaky.

The England star wouldn’t struggle to find a top flight club and his pedigree is still in demand, and the longer he doesn’t play, the more likely a transfer appears.

With the World Cup on the horizon, Shaw will not want to sit on the bench which would make already doubtful spot in the squad would be highly unlikely indeed.

The Manchester United and Everton legend cannot see a future for the young United defender, and told Sky Sports on Thursday night that Shaw will leave unless he can secure regular first-team football.

“The penny needs to drop for Shaw. He needs to play football and I’m not sure it’s going to be at Manchester United,” Neville said.

Shaw has a decision to make, to stay at Man United and attempt to prove Mourinho wrong, or to seek a new club with better prospects of game time for the sake of his England career and for his top-flight reputation.

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