Sunday 19 November 2017

Shaw earns recall after talks with Mourinho

Luke Shaw has held talks with Jose Mourinho. Photo: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images
Luke Shaw has held talks with Jose Mourinho. Photo: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images Newsdesk Newsdesk

Luke Shaw took the first step towards repairing his fractured relationship with Jose Mourinho yesterday when he held talks with the Manchester United manager.

Mourinho offered a damning critique of Shaw's commitment, focus, attitude and ambition over the weekend that raised fresh questions about the England left-back's future at Old Trafford.

Shaw is understood to have responded to Mourinho's scathing remarks by requesting a meeting with the manager in his office at the training ground at 10am and was subsequently recalled to the squad who met at the Lowry Hotel in Salford later in the day ahead of this evening's game at home to Everton.

Sources suggested it was too early to say the pair had cleared the air but believe it was a step in the right direction after relations hit rock bottom, with Mourinho claiming Shaw was a "long way behind" Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian in the left-back pecking order.

United are willing to listen to offers for Shaw, with Mourinho in the market for a new left-back, but it remains to be seen if the player can retrieve the situation before the transfer window opens.

Midfielder Paul Pogba is also in the squad to face Everton and could start after almost three weeks out with a hamstring strain, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera will return to the starting line-up after completing suspensions. Defender Blind may also start.

Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are all at risk of being dropped after Mourinho accused them of "disappearing" against West Brom on Saturday and of it "always (being) the same guys" who squander chances or go missing in games.

Meanwhile, Juan Mata is targeting the second leg of United's Europa League quarter-final at home to Anderlecht a fortnight on Thursday for his comeback from a hernia operation, providing there are no setbacks during his recovery.

Mata underwent surgery last Thursday and, if necessary, the Spain midfielder is prepared to play with some discomfort. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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