Revealed - Luke Shaw's fitness not a reason for his Man United exile
Luke Shaw was not included in the Manchester United squad for Saturday’s game against West Bromwich Albion, but the Sunday World understands the full-back is not injured and was available for selection.
The defensive options open to United manager Jose Mourinho have been depleted after injuries to Phil Jones and Chris Smalling during their time on international duty with England, yet that has still not opened the door for Shaw to make his way back into his plans.
Mourinho opted to play Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young in his full-back berths for the game at Old Trafford, with Shaw not even among the substitutes in a decision that appears to end his hopes of reviving his United career.
Shaw was a starter for United in their 1-1 home draw against Bournemouth at the start of March and was withdrawn 20 minutes from time in what was his first Premier League appearance since October.
Mourinho has criticised Shaw on two occasions this season as after an uncertain display in a defeat against Watford in September, before he accused the former Southampton full-back of refusing to play in a game at Swansea in November.
The United manager has claim that there is 'no chance' of him selling Shaw at the end of this season, yet his exit now seems inevitable and the Old Trafford club will be eager to recoup a large chunk of the huge £27m fee they paid to sign the 21-year-old England star from Southampton back in 2014.
Shaw's agent Jonathan Barnett claimed he was ‘angry’ with reports that Shaw would leave United at the end of this season, but it now seems certain that he will be edged out by Mourinho after this latest snub.
Shaw has started just 27 Premier League games for United over the last three seasons, with a double leg break in September 2015 all-but ending his hopes of making a big impact at Old Trafford.
Tottenham are believed to be monitoring Shaw’s situation at United, with Mauricio Pochettino an admirer of the defender he worked with during his time as Southampton manager.