Luke Shaw fighting to reclaim his No.1 status at Manchester United – report

by Leo Nieboer

Luke Shaw has expressed a determination to reclaim his status as first choice left back at Manchester United, according to reports.

The youngster enjoyed a strong start to the season, impressing during wins over AFC Bournemouth, Southampton, Hull City and even attracting praise for his display during the 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City.

However Shaw, ever since being publicly criticised by Jose Mourinho in the aftermath of a 3-1 defeat to Watford in September, has struggled to hold down a place in the starting XI, with his last start dating back to Man United’s 4-1 win over West Ham United in the League Cup in November.

But according to the Mirror‘s David McDonnell, Shaw – who was left out of the match-day squad for United’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Reading despite being fully fit – has made it clear that he will fight to reclaim his status as first choice left-back once again.

One has to question whether Mourinho – a man who has always placed emphasis on an indefatigable work rate throughout the squad – believes that Shaw possesses the right attitude to thrive at Old Trafford.

Question marks were of course raised following the Watford defeat, and they were amplified once again following United’s 3-1 win over Swansea City in early November, where Mourinho expressed concerns over Shaw’s decision to pull out at the last minute due to being in discomfort.

And Shaw’s absence in the last few weeks, despite being described as injury free prior to Boxing Day, further adds question marks to his predicament.

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