Paul Pogba soaked up the adulation. Zlatan Ibrahimovic stopped for interview after interview. Even the usually deadpan Michael Carrick had a grin on his face. But as the Manchester United squad gleefully celebrated their EFL Cup triumph at Wembley, there was Luke Shaw, shuffling around the pitch with his hands deep in the pockets of a black overcoat.
In United’s biggest game of the season and against his former club Southampton, Shaw had not even been named on the bench. It’s become a familiar story. The 21-year-old’s only appearance in the last three months came in an FA Cup fourth round win over Championship strugglers Wigan. Since then, he has only made one matchday squad out of seven.