Shaw was 'SMUG' and 'WRONG' to hit out at United, insists Paul Parker

Luke Shaw was ‘SMUG’ and ‘WRONG’ to hit out at Manchester United in his post-match England interview, says ex-Red Devils defender Paul Parker, who insists he’s only getting minutes because Ben Chilwell isn’t fit

  • Luke Shaw hinted he was unhappy at Man United while away on England duty
  • The left-back scored in the Three Lions 2-1 win over Switzerland at Wembley
  • However, he was candid about the difficulties he has faced at Old Trafford after
  • Ex-United defender Paul Parker says Shaw’s comments were ‘smug’ and ‘wrong’
  • Parker says the only reason Shaw’s playing because there’s no real competition

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker insists Luke Shaw is ‘wrong’ for making digs at the club while away with England, claiming his post-match interview after the 2-1 win over Switzerland will be seen by everyone as ‘smug’.

The left back, who has not played for his club since a 0-0 draw with Watford on February 26, made a frank admission on Saturday that he is enjoying playing more for his country than United, having scored a game-changing equaliser at Wembley.

In his post-match interview, Shaw was candid about the difficulties he has faced at Old Trafford over the course of the campaign and hinted he was unhappy at the club – aiming subtle digs at United’s current management.

Luke Shaw scored England’s equaliser in a 2-1 win over Switzerland at Wembley on Saturday

Shaw suggested it is more fun playing for England than it is right now for Manchester United

But while Shaw was delighted to be making an impact on the pitch for Gareth Southgate, Parker claimed that the only reason he was playing was due to a severe lack of competition at left-back – not because he earned the spot on merit. 

‘He’s getting a good run in the England side because [Ben] Chilwell isn’t fit and there isn’t anyone at the moment currently pushing him for that spot,’ Parker told Betfred.

‘I thought Tyrick Mitchell did very well considering it was his debut. Shaw’s comments were wrong if I’m being honest. 

‘Everyone would have seen that as smug and a dig about what’s going on at Manchester United. When you look at his situation then you can come out and say that he’s not playing for United as he hasn’t been consistently good enough. 

‘It’s as simple as that. You’ve not been doing what you’re supposed to be doing. He’s fortunate that Gareth [Southgate] hasn’t got many left-backs to call on. 

Former United defender Paul Parker insists Shaw’s comments were ‘smug’ and ‘wrong’

‘Going back a bit, but if you weren’t playing for your club team then you were never going to play for your international team. He’s a fortunate player and he shouldn’t be using England to make a dig at people at Manchester United.’ 

Parker, who made 135 appearances for the Red Devils and won multiple Premier League titles, also claimed that Fikayo Tomori will get his chance to feature soon at some point, with Southgate still picking Harry Maguire at centre-back despite being out of form for United.

‘There’s always got to be that bit of loyalty between manager and player. I had it myself with Bobby Robson,’ Parker added when asked about Southgate still picking Maguire. 

‘Regarding [Fikayo] Tomori, you’ve got to equate what goes on in Italy compared to the quality of the football in this country. It’s completely different football. You have a look at the amount of goals Tammy Abraham and Romelu Lukaku scored over in Italy and then see how they’ve played in the Premier League and you can tell there’s a difference between the two leagues at this moment in time. 

‘Tomori has done very well and he should pat himself on the back because he made a brave move and he’s playing regular football for a big club in Italy but I don’t think he needs people screaming and shouting to be in the England squad. 

Parker insists the only reason Shaw is getting minutes is because Ben Chilwell (left) is not fit

‘I’m sure Gareth [Southgate] is aware of the experience he’s gaining and ahead of the World Cup he may want a player who’s playing regular European football in his squad as that could come in handy. 

‘The door isn’t closed yet for Tomori as it’s wide open considering the amount of centre-backs England have. There’s still Max Kilman who’s yet to get an opportunity and there’s also Conor Coady who can only play in a three. 

‘Just because some players have missed out on these couple of friendlies, there’s still a number of competitive games in the Nations League to come before we head to the World Cup. That’s the time when Gareth Southgate will be looking to nail his team down.’

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