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Jose Mourinho reveals why Luke Shaw is struggling to break into Man United’s squad

The youngster has struggled for game time under the Special One

It’s fair to say that Luke Shaw isn’t having such a fine time at Manchester United at the moment.

The left-back has yet to establish himself at the club under Jose Mourinho, having made just two senior appearance this season – both from the bench.


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Shaw has barely featured for Mourinho this season

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Shaw has barely featured for Mourinho this season

Unsurprisingly, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent weeks, with Tottenham one of the clubs strongly associated with the former Southampton man.

These rumours have been further flamed by United’s apparent interest in Spurs’ Danny Rose, which was mentioned by former manager Tim Sherwood at the weekend.


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Speaking to Sky Sports, Sherwood said: “They might as well do the swap now.

“Shaw is loved by Mauricio Pochettino. Danny is loved by Mourinho. Just do the swap now and get it over and done with.”

Not sure it works like that, Tim. But we appreciate your point. 

The left-back has struggled to even make United’s matchday squad in recent games

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The left-back has struggled to even make United’s matchday squad in recent games

But despite all the recent whispers, Mourinho remains adamant that Shaw has a role to play at United.

In fact, he’s claimed the only reason he’s failing to make much of appearance this season is due to competition in the left-back position at the club.

Will the defender remain at United beyond January?

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Will the defender remain at United beyond January?

He said: “He has a future here, I think he has, but the situation is not easy.

“He comes from injury after injury after injury, he needs two, three, four, five, six matches in a row to play, to make mistakes, to get condition, to get match fitness and I cannot give him that in this moment.

“If he was a central midfield player yes, because we have only two but at left-back we have so many options that the situation is not easy.

“He’s in the squad, he works maybe the opportunity comes.”