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Manchester United Star on Brink of Old Trafford Exit After Extraordinary Mourinho Comments

Jose Mourinho appears to have called time on the Manchester United career of troubled England international Luke Shaw, launching an extraordinary broadside at the left back ahead of Tuesday night's game against Everton.

Asked if Shaw, who has started just seven Premier League games all season, could earn himself a place in the side against the Toffees, Mourinho ​told the press that it was unlikely that the 21-year-old could even win himself a spot as a substitute.

Hitting out at the young defender, he said: "It is difficult for him to be on the bench. I cannot compare him with Ashley Young, with Matteo Darmian, with Daley Blind. I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind."

When a journalist noted that Shaw is a current England international - albeit one who has played just seven minutes of a friendly since breaking his leg in August 2015 - and a player who was regarded as one of English football's finest prospects when he moved to United, Mourinho fired back: "Joe Hart is an England international and is playing on loan in Italy."

United could only draw 0-0 with West Brom on Saturday as a top four spot begins to slip from their grasp in the face of a slew of injuries and suspensions for key players, but Mourinho refused to blame his absentees - saying: “We have had matches here with Zlatan that we drew. He missed a penalty to win the game against Bournemouth. 

"He missed chances like other people do. I cannot say that if Zlatan and Mata had played, we would have won (against West Brom).“What I can say is that Jones and Smalling would not have played better than Bailly and Rojo did and that Pogba and Herrera would not have played better than Carrick and Fellaini. I can say that for sure."

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