Manchester United ace Ashley Young has spoken fondly about teammate Luke Shaw, who was recently criticised for his FA Cup performance against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Young, 32, was recalled to the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Italy, ahead of Shaw, who has been playing second fiddle for the left-back position.
Shaw’s future has come into question over the past few days amid the fresh criticism from manager Jose Mourinho, but Young believes his compatriot can still evolve into one of the world’s best in his position.
“He’s a fantastic player. I want to see Luke do well. He just has to get his head down and work. I feel he can be one of the best in the world,” he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
Shaw is presently contracted at Old Trafford until June 2019, but it appears that he is more likely to leave the club during the summer, having been deeply upset by Mourinho’s latest comments on him.
United are also said to have begun the search for a new left-sided defender, but according to a recent report, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon has been earmarked as the leading candidate to replace Shaw.
Meanwhile, Young appears to have cemented his berth with England leading into the World Cup with head coach Gareth Southgate impressed with his excellent man-marking of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah earlier in the month.
With a three-at-the-back formation, the Three Lions boss is said to want a player with attacking instincts in the left wing-back spot, and Young appears to have passed the test, though he could yet face competition from Danny Rose.