Revealed: The Manchester United man who scouted Luke Shaw

Date published: Friday 24th November 2017 12:03

Phil Neville is the man to blame for bringing Luke Shaw to Manchester United.

The former United full-back has admitted he “scouted” Shaw, while the left-back was at Southampton and he was sure the 22-year-old was a future England man.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Debate, Neville revealed his frustration with Shaw, who has been unable to progress his career since arriving at Old Trafford in 2014 for £30million.

“Look, he should be England’s left-back, 100 per cent. I scouted him for United when I was coach there,” Neville said.

“At Southampton I thought, ‘He’s an England left-back’, he was one of the best young left-backs I’ve seen in a long time. Going forward he had absolutely everything.

“I just find it frustrating now that he’s not grasping the opportunity in front of him and fulfilling that potential.

“He needs to play football and I’m not sure that’s going to be at United.”

Shaw has played just 48 minutes in two Carabao Cup games this campaign, while he has only made the bench once in the Premier League, in the most recent outing against Newcastle.

And after the Burton game in September Jose Mourinho admitted Shaw needs to get better.

“You [media] saw the [Burton] game, you saw the same as I see, so are you asking if he plays tomorrow? No, he is not playing tomorrow. He has to work. He has to improve,”  said Mourinho.

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Neville and fellow guest Andy Townsend then agreed a swap deal between Shaw and Tottenham left-back Danny Rose could be a possibility.

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“Jose only wants to work with the best,” Townsend said. “If he doesn’t put you in that category, then you aren’t going to get on with him. Shaw has been unlucky with injuries, but maybe now he has to look within himself.”

“He has to contemplate a pay-cut to play regular football. He can’t stay hanging around forever and a day waiting for a game at United, and money cannot be his ‘God’ at this particular stage of his life.”


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