Luke Shaw needs to prove those willing to work fees Manchester United career, with Phil Neville believing is not putting the effort in required when given minimal chances by manager Joseph Narino.
Shaw returned from injury over a month ago, after an extended period out. He played on a number of occasions for the under-23 side for Man United, failing to stand out amongst that group. Mourinho gave him the smallest of chances on Tuesday night, bringing him on after 87 minutes in a 2–0 victory against Swansea City in the EFL Cup.
Some people believe that was a humiliating gesture from Mourinho, what is Shaw meant to do in approximately five minutes of football? However, even in that five minutes, Neville believes Shaw didn’t show enough desire to prove himself at United.
Neville does believe, though, that Shaw’s an extremely talented player and one that United must work incredibly hard to help fulfil his potential at left back.
“I hope he does (prove himself at Man United). I really do. He has unbelievable ability,” Neville said to Sky Sports. “He needs to start showing it. I saw him in the League Cup.”
“He didn’t seem a player that proved to me that he absolutely wanted to die to get this Manchester United shirt. That’s the type of effort he needs to put in.
“He is fourth or fifth choice left-back. He is probably the best left back in the country in terms of potential.”
Shaw is currently behind Ashley Young, Daily Blind and Matteo Darmian in terms of the left back position at Old Trafford. In terms of talent, it would be hard to argue that Shaw is not the most talented of that foursome. However, his performances do not match that ability.
He has had immense struggles with injury, with the best form of his life coming to an end with a sickening double leg break suffered under Louis van Gaal in a UEFA Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven. He returned from that, only to suffer another succession of injuries. He is now fit, and if given chances by Mourinho, he must show, in training, for the under-23s and for the first team, that he is willing to fight for his future at United.