Jose Mourinho told under-fire Man United star could be world class

The Man United legend urges Jose Mourinho to give Luke Shaw a chance to shine in the Red Devils team

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Juan Mata and Luke Shaw Photo: Luke Shaw / Instagram

Paul Ince believes Luke Shaw has the potential to develop into a world-class player at Manchester United.

The Red Devils signed the England international in a £27m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the 2014 summer transfer window.

Shaw appeared to have turned a corner at Old Trafford at the start of the 2015-16 season under Louis van Gaal before a horrific leg break sidelined the defender for over 12 months.

Jose Mourinho was appointed as Van Gaal’s replacement in May 2016 and the Portuguese coach has used the 22-year-old sparingly over the past 18 months or so.

The former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss hasn’t been afraid to criticise Shaw in the media for the left-back’s ineffective performances.

Mourinho blasted Shaw after the Manchester United manager replaced the England star at half-time of their 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-final last weekend.

Former Liverpool FC and Manchester United star Ince believes Shaw has the potential to become a world-class defender if given a chance to flourish.

“For me personally, it’s something that needs to be dealt with in the club,” Ince told Paddy Power.

“Man United have got enough problems, and maybe they should focus on those instead of focussing on Shaw.

“From a player’s point of view, it’s the last possible thing you want to see. Nothing good can come of it. You feel as though everyone is looking at you, and as though you’re being blamed for the wider issues of the team.

“Losing to Sevilla and dropping out of the Champions League, for example, is a much more pressing issue to be spoken about than deflecting the attention on Shaw. We’re talking about a player who a few months ago, Jose called world class. Make your mind up.

“Suddenly, it looks as though he’s going to leave the club. And who knows, maybe he could have been world class. But he’s not been given much of an opportunity by Mourinho to show it.”

Manchester United will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final next month.

The Red Devils lost 2-1 to La Liga side Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16 earlier this month.

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