Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Shaw Should Heed Advice of 'Old School' Ash

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Shaw Should Heed Advice of 'Old School' Ash

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RIO Ferdinand was commenting on an injury, but his analysis of Ashley Young's groin strain in Vigo 10 months ago outlined the decisive difference between United's first choice and second choice left-backs.

"Ashley is old school," Ferdinand said.

"He's from the old era where it's got to be a real injury for him to go off the pitch. I think he is someone who's an experienced campaigner in that changing room. He won't want to be walking off.

"To come on as a sub and be substituted, that's an embarrassment. Your ego takes a bashing." Luke Shaw's took another bashing when Jose Mourinho remarked that his ninth-minute withdrawal against Swansea last April 'must be a big injury'.

John Terry belatedly warned United's walking wounded last season that Mourinho has a tendency to blank those who crowd the physio's room and Shaw has played 34 times under his second United manager.

Young and Shaw began the campaign injured and Mourinho predicted Shaw would be available in September and Young in October. Young returned a month ahead of schedule and was rewarded with a starting role in the Champions League opener against Basel. He assisted Marouane Fellaini's winner from the right and switched to the left against Everton at the weekend, taking ownership of the position ahead of his junior competitor.

Young's three-match suspension and that January aberration at Spurs have given Shaw sniffs, but the older left-back has always regained his place.

I've always you join United place Ashley Mourinho rested, rather than dropped, Young against Brighton in the FA Cup last week and considered him as a replacement as early as the 25th minute.

Shaw's humiliation has prompted a PR offensive from his camp.

It emerged he has trained at United's Carrington complex every day while other non-internationals have headed abroad, and United were indirectly warned any summer move for Gareth Bale could be scuppered by Mourinho's handling of Shaw.

It is not a coincidence Bale and Shaw are represented by the same agency. …

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