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“To be honest with you, I can't help feeling the whole Luke Shaw issue is a distraction from the critical aspect of the season. United spent a lot of money and the aspiration was to win the Premier League and go as far as they could in the Champions League and obviously neither have happened. The issue for me isn't the individuals - whether Shaw, Paul Pogba or Alexis Sanchez are underperforming - but that the team aren't very consistent, which over the course of Mourinho's career his teams have always been. If you look at the performances against Liverpool and then Sevilla, they were night and day, and this looks like a group of individuals rather than a group functioning as a team. What I would say about Shaw is that the talent and ability are there, but his job as a footballer is to be prepared to perform every day and do every single thing in his life well to be a United player. At the moment, his potential is not being recognised. I've got a great belief in Luke Shaw and the reality is it would be a great shame if he leaves United without fulfilling his potential. There's a lot of players out there with less ability but maximising their potential and I just hope he can get there.”