LUKE SHAW was handed just his 12th start of the season for Manchester United against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
United eventually won 2-0, booking their place in the last four and lining up a mouth-watering tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
But Jose Mourinho substituted the England left-back at half-time and was again unhappy with the 22-year-old’s performance.
The United manager has singled Shaw out for public criticism several times over the last 18 months and doesn’t appear to trust the defender.
All signs are pointing towards a summer exit for the former Southampton man.
So we asked our friends at Football Whispers to pick out five left-backs United should consider as replacements.
Kieran Tierney – Celtic
The Isle of Man-born full-back has played 120 times for Celtic, won four major honours and captained Scotland – he’s still only 20 years old.
Tierney emerged in the Celtic first team as a teenager at the end of the 2014/15 season and established himself as a regular the following term.
A natural left-back, the youngster has shown such discipline and maturity that he has also filled in at centre-back and right-back for the Tartan Army.
An excellent crosser who is equally effective in defence and attack, Tierney is one of the most promising full-backs in Europe.
Alex Sandro – Juventus
Believed to be high on Mourinho’s wanted list, the flying Brazilian left-back has played a key role in two Serie A triumphs with Juventus as well as playing in last season’s Champions League final.
With three goals and four assists to his name in the Italian top flight this term, Sandro is a typical Brazilian full-back in that he is very attack-minded – so much so that he can play as a conventional winger, too – but he is also a strong one-v-one defender.
With an abundance of top-level experience, Sandro would not come cheap, but he would instantly improve United’s options.
Danny Rose – Tottenham Hotspur
With just six Premier League starts to his name so far this season, the Doncaster-born England international has struggled to regain a regular starting berth with Spurs after overcoming injury.
Few would be surprised if Rose leaves North London this summer and a switch to United makes plenty of sense, with Mourinho believed to be an admirer of the 27-year-old.
The advantage of pursuing Rose for the Red Devils would be that he would not need to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
Philipp Max – Augsburg
With 12 Bundesliga assists to his name so far this season, the Augsburg left-back is currently the most prolific creator in Germany’s top division.
Once of Bayern Munich’s youth academy, Max broke through at Schalke before nailing down a regular starting place with Karlsruher.
He moved on to Augsburg in the summer of 2015.
Capable of outstanding deliveries from wide and a threat from set pieces, the 24-year-old is reportedly on the radar of several top clubs.
Alex Grimaldo – Benfica
Previously named a Manchester City transfer target, Benfica’s Barcelona-schooled left-back is among the most impressive young players in this position in Europe.
Grimaldo has struggled with injuries during his time at the Estadio da Luz, but the 22-year-old has managed 27 starts for the Eagles this season, standing out with fine performances in the Champions League, where he came up against United in the group stage.
A Spain under-21 international, Grimaldo has the potential to develop into one of the world’s best left-backs.