Gary Neville with advice for Luke Shaw after Mourinho's accusations
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has urged Luke Shaw to bounce back from the stinging criticism directed at him by his manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho publicly questioned Shaw's attitude in training as he explained why he is not currently part of his first team squad, with Neville suggesting the 21-year-old full-back should now set-out to banish that accusation.
"The harshest possible comments that can be levelled at you is that you don't train hard enough," Neville told Sky Sports.
"Jose has levelled that at Luke and I obviously worked with him for a couple of years with England. This is a sensational talent, who's got many years in front of him.
"He's had injury problems, which I think are his biggest issue. Jose's said some harsh things about a few players at times this season, not just Luke Shaw, and those players have responded.
"People wondered how Henrikh Mkhitaryan was being treated earlier in the season, Chris Smalling had some words said against him, (Anthony) Martial as well. Shaw has to respond. This is it now.
"He's at Manchester United, he's got to make it work. You don't want to leave that club and have regrets at the end of your career.
"It's how Luke Shaw takes those words on. Does he think, 'That's it, that's the end for me' or does he think, 'I'll show you'. I hope it's the latter. I hope he thinks, 'I'll prove this man wrong' because I do believe in him as a talent and a player.
"I've seen him first-hand. He's got it to do because the manager's really throwing down the gauntlet."
Shaw has started just seven Premier League games since Mourinho took over as United manager last summer and he was left out of the squad for Saturday's game against West Bromwich Albion despite a string of injuries to the club's first choice defenders.