Saturday, February 4, 2023

Arsenal To Provide An Exit For Manchester United Defender: Should Wenger Go For Him?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Jose Mourinho’s open-faced criticism of Manchester United left-back, Luke Shaw has sparked talks of a possible club exit, come June. The Portuguese went on a 12-minute rant following the 2-0 win over Brighton And Hove Albion in the FA Cup Quarter Finals.

The fans at Old Trafford were distraught to see the Quarter Final stage of the Champions League get snapped out of their grips by a charged Sevilla side, who seemingly struggled to finish off their chances. While Mourinho took his usual defensive approach to the tie, the La Liga side left the United backline in tatters and quite impressively progressed to the last 8 of the continental competition.

When managers get peppered with reaction-provoking questions, it is hard for everyone to maintain a professional stance. Remaining completely frank might not always be in their agenda but sometimes letting too much slip is not the best way to go about things either.

Mourinho openly denounced his players and went on to attack their incompetence. He was quoted, “But a few offensive movements they made from the sides and I want more personality in the team because many many times I felt that Matic was an island of personality of desire and control surrounded by not water but lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire.”

He also singled out Luke Shaw and said,”It was my decision. My reason is that we work on the pitch on certain kinds of movement, with the two full-backs being aggressive to make space for Matic and McTominay. I couldn’t change them both, I decided Luke because Antonio was at least capable defensively.”

The 22-year-old has scapegoated on plenty of occasions this season despite maintaining his fitness. The manager has opted to field Ashley Young ahead of Shaw who is naturally a left-back and the former is not.

The start of the year seemed promising when Mourinho handed Shaw 5 starts in the first 8 games. But pretty soon things returned to normal proceedings with the Red Devils failing to close the gap behind their bitter rivals in the Premier League.

The time is now for Shaw to quit Old Trafford and start playing for a different club even if it is outside of England. Once a senior international, the former Southampton man can no longer gamble his future on the whims and fancies of Mourinho.

Arsenal have been linked with the player in recent weeks but the switch might not be too illustrious either. The Gunners have Nacho Monreal in the team with Sead Kolasinac as a backup. No need for Shaw to return to a rotational status at the Emirates.

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