Luke Shaw future at Man United uncertain after Jose Mourinho openly criticises him

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Luke Shaw‘s Manchester United future is in doubt following further public criticism from Jose Mourinho.

The 22-year-old joined from Southampton in 2014 in what was then a world-record deal for a teenager, fresh from being named in the PFA Team of the Year and becoming the youngest player at the World Cup in Brazil.

But four years on Shaw has fallen down the pecking order with England having struggled for game time at United, thanks in no small part to an inability to win over Mourinho.

The pair have endured a strained relationship since the Portuguese was appointed at the Old Trafford helm in 2016, with the latest low coming in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton.

Shaw was hauled off midway through the 2-0 win – a move that Press Association Sport understands to have annoyed the left-back, with that anger fuelled by Mourinho’s post-match criticism.

“I had to change one (full-back) and I chose Luke because at least Antonio (Valencia) defensively was capable of good positionings, like in the second half with (Jurgen) Locadia,” Mourinho said.

“Luke in the first half every time they come in his half, the cross come in.”

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It is not the first time Mourinho has publicly criticised Shaw, only strengthening the left-back’s desire to kick on and prove his worth.

But he is now understood to be reassessing his future – just a month after the United boss suggested a new and improved deal could be deserved for a player whose contract expires next year.

Shaw was linked with a move last summer but stayed put as he recovered from ligament damage in his football, having to make do with reserve football – including time at centre-back – and a peripheral role until belatedly making a first start of the season in December.

The England international made numerous appearances over the festive period and into the New Year, but did not start any of United’s important matches including being overlooked for the matchday squad in both legs of the Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla.

The United hierarchy are believed to want Shaw to stay, but this latest flare-up is only pushing him closer to the exit.

The full-back has been regularly linked with a move to Tottenham, where he would re-join his former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Chelsea, the club Shaw grew up supporting, are also understood to be interested.

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Man United's Jesse Lingard focuses on the positives after Brighton victory

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Jesse Lingard stressed the importance of Manchester United simply having got back to winning ways after they defeated Brighton on Saturday in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

United beat the Seagulls 2-0 at Old Trafford, with Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic each netting headers, four days on from their shock Champions League last-16 elimination there at the hands of Sevilla.

The Red Devils produced a fairly underwhelming display as they secured a place at Wembley, and United boss Jose Mourinho, the day after defending his record in an extraordinary pre-match press conference rant, was critical of his players.

Speaking to BT Sport, the Portuguese described Matic as “an island – an island of personality, of desire and control – surrounded by, not water, but by a lack of personality, of class and desire”, and added in his post-match press conference that some of his team had been “scared to play”.

Old target Luke Shaw, taken off at half-time, was among those to have his performance criticised.

Giving his assessment, winger Lingard said on manutd.com: “They (Brighton) sat back and hit us on the counter-attack a few times, which we were obviously aware of before the match, but we knew we needed to win and we got the win, which was the most important thing.

“Of course (confidence took a knock after Tuesday night). It’s always difficult for a team to be knocked out of a competition, but we showed the character to bounce back and not let anything faze us.”

The FA Cup is the only competition offering a realistic chance of claiming silverware this season to United, who are 16 points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City in second place.

Lingard added: “Semi-finals are always big and it’s like the final, you could say, at a neutral ground, so we’re excited.

“Any opportunity to win a trophy is always good for the team and the fans, so if we can get a trophy out of the season, it’ll be good.

“The semi-final keeps everyone motivated and we have something to look forward to, but saying that, in the Premier League, we need to maintain that second spot and keep the pressure on at the top.”

Lukaku and Matic are two players Mourinho had highlighted as consistent performers during his lengthy, impassioned soliloquy on Friday.

Lukaku’s effort against Brighton was his 25th goal for United since joining them last summer.

And Lingard said of the striker: “We know what he possesses and he has that presence up front for us. He’s that lone man who holds the ball up well for us. For him to score that many goals at this time of the season is great.”

It was Brighton’s second defeat at Old Trafford this season, having lost 1-0 in November, and midfielder Solly March said on his club’s official website: “In many ways it’s similar to the first game we played here. We created some chances – but we need to put them away.

“Maybe we fell asleep for their two goals, but other than that I thought we looked solid so we’re disappointed.”

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino slams VAR, calls it a 'nightmare' after FA Cup win over Swansea

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Pochettino is against VAR.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino branded the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system that will be used at the World Cup this summer a ‘nightmare’ after his side were involved in another stop-start FA Cup tie.

Spurs cruised into the semi-finals with a 3-0 win at Swansea with Christian Eriksen scoring twice to make light of Harry Kane‘s absence through injury.

But that didn’t prevent Pochettino from criticising the use of technology as a lengthy delay followed a decision to rule out a Son Heung-Min strike for offside with Spurs leading 1-0.

“It’s a nightmare. I feel so sorry for the people trying to use that system,” said Pochettino.

“I think I prefer it when the ref and assistant make mistakes than to wait three or four minutes for things.”

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Spurs have had to cope with more VAR controversy than most sides in England as their 6-1 5th round replay over Rochdale was littered with controversial video reviews.

On Friday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino gave the official green light for VAR to be used at the World Cup despite lingering doubts over its implementation.

The technology has been used widely in leading European leagues in Germany and Italy this season, but has been limited to a series of trials in Cup games in England.

“We now need to see the reality of how it is going to affect the staff on the touchline and the officials,” added Pochettino.

“It is so complex, but the worst thing for me is the effect for the fan. It is going to be a massive problem for the future.

“We will see what happens at the World Cup.”

No more Wembley woe

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Victory in Wales moved Spurs to within two games of capping an impressive four years of progress under Pochettino with a first trophy since 2008.

And both the semi-final and possible final will be at the club’s temporary home Wembley, where Spurs have lost just three of 24 games this season.

That record contrasts sharply with Tottenham’s record at the national stadium last season, where they lost 4-2 to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals and to Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco in the Champions League.

And Pochettino now believes home comforts could give Spurs an upper hand.

“Seven months ago, everyone said playing there at Wembley horrendous,” said Pochettino.

“That was the feeling and the perception, but it has changed. We feel comfortable there and so do the fans.”

Eriksen took his tally to eight goals in 10 games against Swansea as he struck twice from outside the box either side of just Erik Lamela’s second goal in 18 injury-ravaged months.

“Eriksen was fantastic, so important for us,” added Pochettino.

“Every season he takes one step up, today he was fantastic. He is so consistent.”

Swansea had lost just twice in 15 previous games since Carlos Carvalhal’s arrival as manager.

But the Portuguese had no complaints after seeing his side outclassed.

“I am not disappointed as they have a very good side,” said Carvalhal, who took Swansea to the last eight for the first time since 1964.

“I said before to achieve something, we must be at our best and they must be not so good. We know there is a gap and that they are better.”

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