Manchester United stalwart Phil Neville has called on Luke Shaw to 'pull his finger out' and seize the opportunity in front of him at Old Trafford. England left-back Shaw's attitude and commitment has been called into question once again by Jose Mourinho, who doesn't think the former Southampton starlet deserves a place even among the substitutes.
The 21-year-old has made just eight appearances in the Premier League this season and has featured in just two United matches in 2017. But despite his troubles Neville, who was deployed at left-back and in a host of different positions during his time with his boyhood club, does not think Shaw should be seeking a way out of Old Trafford just yet.
"If I was Luke Shaw, I wouldn't be looking to get out of Manchester United," Neville told Press Association Sport. "I'd be looking at that situation thinking that on Saturday (Mourinho) played Ashley Young at left-back, that he has been playing Matteo Darmian at left-back, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind. These are players who are not out-and-out left-backs.
"So rather than thinking 'the manager doesn't rate me', I'd be thinking 'I have to pull my finger out here' and think the opportunity in front of me is absolutely huge, to be the number one left-back at one of the biggest clubs in the world."
Manchester United parted with £27m to sign Shaw from Southampton in the summer of 2014 but their significant outlay has certainly not paid dividends. Mourinho said the defender is a long way from earning himself a place on the bench at the moment, and Neville thinks Shaw must adjust and rectify the problems troubling him post-haste.
"Something has to change for Luke Shaw, because someone with that ability has got to be England and Manchester United's number one left-back, and if he's not, then there is something fundamentally wrong," Neville added.
"The comments coming from Jose Mourinho suggest there may be an attitude problem or a professionalism problem, and if that is the case, this could be the kick up the backside he needs."