England national team coach Gareth Southgate believes Luke Shaw must play more regularly for Manchester United in the coming months in order to stand a chance of making this summer’s World Cup in Russia. The 22-year-old has gone his fair share of opportunities since the festive period, but Ashley Young remains the go-to man for Jose Mourinho in the crucial encounters.
Speaking in a press conference, Southgate stressed that the decision to pick Young over Shaw was based on the former’s excellent showing which has included a brilliant man-marking performance against Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Young has also provided a better attacking threat than Shaw, and Southgate feels the 32-year-old suits the left wing-back position.
England manager Gareth Southgate revealed that Ashley Young gained his trust after having been picked regularly for the national side by his predecessors. The 32-year-old had not featured for the Three Lions since 2013, but his form for United at left-back/left wing-back this season convinced Southgate into a recall.
In a report covered by The Mirror, Southgate insisted that he is open to offering opportunities to senior players despite playing emphasis on grooming young talent prior to next year’s World Cup, he said, “Generally speaking we want to look at younger players, and develop the team, but I’ve always said if a more senior player is playing well and warrants the call-up, we should include them. He’s a player every Manchester United manager has picked, and that tells me something about his mentality and the trust they have in him.”