Man United's Shaw set for another spell on sidelines

Ross Houston
May 15, 2017

United is fighting for fourth place in the Premier League and the Europa League trophy, both of which will ensure a berth in the Champions League next season.

Jose Mourinho has seven players who will not be able to travel to Spain for the Europa League semi-final match against Celta Vigo on Thursday.

Luke Shaw faced the wrath of his manager and assistant coach Rui Faria when he posted footage of himself training at home in November as he recovered from an injury.

Luke Shaw, who was criticised by Mourinho earlier this month, was forced to walk off the field during the draw after nine minutes with an injury to his left leg.

"At the time, I looked at the reaction of my players first of all, and they were furious about it, so that puts a doubt in your mind as to whether it was the correct decision", Clement said. Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Jones, Bailly, Ibrahimovic and Fosu-Mensah are all expected to be out.

Sunday's matchday programme contained an interview with Shaw in which he said: "I'm really disappointed [the season] is coming to an end".

Sunday's draw saw United set a new club record of 25 consecutive games without defeat in the same top-flight season.

Mourinho repeated his strident criticism of English football's authorities for what he deems to be a failure to afford his team more rest at crucial moments in the campaign.

"The worst thing you can do is question a player's professionalism - and Mourinho has essentially called Shaw a liar", Collymore wrote in his column for the Mirror. As for the game, we let two points slip away, again, when the win was so much needed. Players are very, very exhausted.

Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini will return against Vigo and Mourinho will have to explore emergency defensive options which could include veteran midfielder Michael Carrick and untried youngster Axel Tuanzebe. His only recognisable defenders are Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian.

"It doesn't matter if I go with (Matteo) Darmian central defender, if I go with (Michael) Carrick or Axel (Tuanzebe), I trust the boys, the spirit is wonderful, the group is phenomenal".

A sublime free kick by Gylfi Sigurdsson cancelled out Wayne Rooney's contentious first-half penalty after Marcus Rashford made the most out of minimal contact with Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. "He said he had gone down to get his hands on the ball, could see he couldn't get it so came away from it, and that he (Rashford) had gone down before the contact". I would use cheat another time.

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