The England international has been forced to spend most of this season playing second-fiddle to Ashley Young in the United team, with supporters previously clueless as to why Shaw wasn’t given more of a chance, given he’s more of a natural left-back than Young.
And last night, with United chasing the game at 2-1 down, Jose Mourinho decided to throw Shaw into the fray, and his appearance perhaps answered exactly why he’s not been playing of late.
The 22-year-old definitely looked like he’d gained a few pounds whilst kicking his heels on the bench, and we all know how unforgiving social media can be with issues like this:
Luke Shaw looks like he had a good Christmas.
— Macca (@The_Paris_Angel) March 5, 2018
I can’t get over Luke Shaw man. How is a professional footballer in that sort of condition in MARCH ?!
— Petyr Baelish (@MartialisLife) March 5, 2018
Hahaha Luke Shaw HAS GOT TITS
— Cants (@cantsey) March 5, 2018
What/who has Luke Shaw been eating 🙈 pic.twitter.com/sXNE8cbE1c
— James Sunderland (@jiimb008) March 5, 2018
Either that shirt isn't flattering, or Luke Shaw's back drinking custard again
— John Ashton (@thedoveman1982) March 5, 2018
State of Luke Shaw. Looks like Gordon Ramsay at soccer aid.
— Sambo (@2srewobmas) March 5, 2018
Luke Shaw joining the celebrations. pic.twitter.com/RLLtbFJBMg
— United Religion (@Unitedology) March 5, 2018
— Bazza_23 (@bazza_23) March 5, 2018
Luke Shaw makes his way on to the pitch pic.twitter.com/uY5VdGmMeg
— MCFC 1894 (@ManCityArmy1894) March 5, 2018
Luke Shaw entering the pitch like… pic.twitter.com/TWtZhWhrGz
— Callum Wright (@CallumWright__) March 5, 2018
Luke Shaw when he sees José running past him at lunchtime at Carrington. 😆🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/aECNaZVXRW
— Tony Colino (@TheGR8Colino) March 5, 2018
Can somebody please hire Luke Shaw a personal chef. Please.
— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G) March 5, 2018
Luke shaw be like…..😂😂 pic.twitter.com/OHYXs9tFet
— rachel mcfc 🐝 (@rachelj35) March 5, 2018
Did Shaw really look that bad?
And is there any excuse for an elite athlete to be out of shape in March, when the season is reaching a critical stage?