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Phil Neville believes Fergie would have dealt with Shaw in a similar way to Mourinho

Date Posted,April 5, 2017

First Jose Mourinho, now Phil Neville has gone in two-footed on Luke Shaw .

The former Manchester United defender claimed there was “something fundamentally wrong” with the out-of-favour Old Trafford left-back.

This after Mourinho told the 21-year-old to “grow up” after his return to the team against Everton.

Neville, who scouted Shaw for United when the youngster turned heads at Southampton, has piled more misery on the youngster with an alarming outburst on BBC Radio 5.

“When Luke Shaw signed for Manchester United I was probably involved in the process of scouting him and recommending him as a player because I thought he would be a Manchester United left-back for the next 10 years,” Neville said.

“You would think he would be a sensational player, but he just hasn’t done it.

Shaw suffered a double fracture on his leg in 2015 which kept him out for a year, and has only made 17 appearances this season since his return.

Luke Shaw came off the bench for United against Everton (Photo: Reuters)
It’s not been a brilliant 18 months or so for Luke Shaw at Old Trafford (Photo: Shaun Botterill / Getty)

Neville added: “I know he’s suffered an injury but there must be something fundamentally wrong if the manager is questioning your attitude, training performances, desire.

“That from a 21-year old with the world at your feet, you think maybe this is the last throw of the dice from Jose to try and get something out of Luke Shaw that he knows is in there.”

He went on to say that revered former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson “would have probably dealt with in a similar way to Jose” although “probably not as much publicly.”

“Behind the scenes he (Ferguson) would have been giving him the full barrels and leaving him in no doubt that if you don’t meet those standards, go and play for someone else.

“Jose probably tried this behind closed doors and this is the last throw of the dice. To speak poorly about one his players, he must be absolutely at his wits end.”

However, is sticking to his guns, and released a statement claiming he is ready to “fight till the last second” and believes that he still has a future at Old Trafford.

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