Luke Shaw appears to have lost his place in the Manchester United first-team after missing out on the 4-0 loss against Chelsea.
However, he was recalled for the EFL Cup clash with Manchester City in the midweek. A game against City is always of massive importance, but Shaw failing to make it to the league match and then featuring in the EFL Cup game suggests that he has fallen down the pecking order at United. It is not the first time thatShaw has faced the situation since his £30 million move from Southampton in 2014.
Still only 21,Shaw has the capability to get back into Mourinho’s favour with some good performances. He certainly helped his case by being part of the defence that kept a clean sheet against City in the 1-0 win. The victory no pits Manchester United against West Ham in the last eight of the EFL Cup.
As an attacking full-back,Shaw may not have been preferred for the Chelsea game as Mourinho would have been aware of the attacking threat that the West London outfit pose in the new 3-5-2 formation. Daley Blind was selected in place ofShaw against the blues, but he failed to deal with the threat of Pedro throughout the game.
“It’s normal you’re frustrated on Sunday because I would have loved to play in that game [against Chelsea] but it obviously wasn’t meant to be and at the end of the day it is the manager’s decision. Obviously with the injury with Eric now it might be my time to step up and show the manager what I can do and that he can trust me.The first half [against City] wasn’t the best of mine. I thought I did good but on some of the crosses I wasn’t maybe getting tight enough,” said Shaw.