Jose Mourinho has overlooked Luke Shaw for a fourth successive match, raising fresh questions over the Manchester United left-back’s future.
A double leg break brought last season to a premature — and horrific — end for the 21-year-old, who has struggled to make his mark under Mourinho.
Niggling injuries on the comeback trail have disrupted his campaign but, despite being fit since mid-January, Shaw has made just one appearance against Wigan in the FA Cup fourth round.
The left-back was not involved in the subsequent three squads and Mourinho confirmed the England international will not feature against St Etienne on Thursday in the Europa League last-32 first leg.
“He’s not playing tomorrow,” Mourinho said. “Because my team is playing well and I am happy with my back four, and I’m going to repeat [Antonio] Valencia, [Eric] Bailly, [Chris] Smalling, [Daley] Blind.”A double leg break brought last season to a premature – and horrific – end for the 21-year-old, who has struggled to make his mark under Mourinho.
Shaw began in three of United’s Europa League amusements in the gathering stage, including November’s 2-1 misfortune to Fenerbahce and 4-0 win over Feyenoord, however was harmed for the last diversion against Zorya Luhansk.
Mourinho had beforehand scrutinized Shaw’s adaptability and said that had been behind his choice to choose Matteo Darmian on the seat in front of the England universal.
“The main thing I can state is that Luke is functioning admirably. I don’t have any issue and he’s functioning admirably. He’s contending energetically, there is no issue with him,” Mourinho said.
“He needs to work and hold up. Be that as it may, I need one shield on the seat and the protector on the seat is someone who can play more than one position.
“Also, Darmian can play left-back, appropriate back and would be a crisis focal shield for us, so my decision was Darmian.”