Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has all but confirmed defender Luke Shaw will leave the club in the summer.
Shaw has started just seven Premier League games this season and the left back was once again left out of United’s 18-man squad for Saturday’s goalless draw with West Brom.
United find their defensive options low due to injuries, but Ashley Young was preferred at the left-back birth ahead of Luke Shaw, while Matthew Willock was named on the bench.
Now Mourinho has admitted that the 21-year-old is a ‘long way behind’ his Manchester United team-mates in terms of focus and ambition.
Mourinho said: “It’s difficult for him to be on the bench. Why? Because I cannot compare him with Ashley Young, with Darmian, with Blind.
“I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind.”
Shaw joined the Red Devils back in 2014 from Southampton, with then boss Louis Van Gaal sanctioning a £27million deal.
He then suffered a fracture of his fibula and tibia in a Champions League fixture in Eindhoven and was ruled out of action for 11 months.
His relationship with Mourinho has been strained since the Portuguese boss took charge of United last summer, with the youngster’s commitment regularly called into question.
Now it appears that his time at United is coming to an end, with Manchester United linked with a upgrade of their full-back options in the summer.
Meanwhile, Mourinho admitted that Juan Mata is likely to miss the remainder of the campaign through injury, confirming: “I think it’s a long time. I think Mata, Jones and Smalling will all be a long time.”
However, United will welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrea for his side’s clash with Everton on Tuesday, while Paul Pogba could also return.
“With Pogba I cannot say he is ready for Tuesday because I don’t know, but I don’t think Pogba is such a long-term injury as the others.”