'I am worried' - Stan Collymore urges reported Tottenham target to quit his club
By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore has urged Tottenham transfer target Luke Shaw to quit Manchester United after more “disgraceful” treatment from his manager Jose Mourinho.
The Sun claimed last month that the United misfit is “desperate” for a reunion with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who managed him during his Southampton days.
Left-back Shaw has been hit by a number of injuries during this campaign, with his manager constantly questioning his desire to play.
Collymore has clearly not been pleased with Mourinho’s “bullying” tactics, with the United player hobbling off during his side’s 1-1 draw against Swansea at the weekend.
The former Liverpool striker defended Shaw, who has started only 13 games in all competitions this season.
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“As a former professional, I am worried for Shaw,” Collymore wrote in his Mirror column “This is a young guy, an England international with years ahead of him.
“But some of the things being said about him by one manager, a very dominant person, could have a negative impact on his career.
“Shaw might have a mentality made out of granite but the public might now be thinking there is something weak and flaky about him.
“Mourinho’s constant, public barracking of this young man is going to do nothing at all to help him.”
Shaw made a big-money moved to Manchester United from Southampton in 2014 after impressing under Pochettino.
The Argentine brought through the then highly-rated teenager from the Saints academy, whose career has since stuttered since moving to Old Trafford.
If he were to make a move to White Hart Lane then he would challenge the duo of Danny Rose and Ben Davies for a first team spot.
Pochettino has utilised Rose and Davies in left-back and left wing-back roles throughout the campaign.
In recent months, Wales international Davies has been playing that key role for Spurs, with regular first teamer Danny Rose out injured.
Over the course of the season, Shaw has played only 19 games in all competitions for his side, who are hoping to secure a Champions League place and win the Europa League.
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