Jose Mourinho says England defender Luke Shaw still has a future at Manchester United despite the full-back's lack of opportunities and controversy surrounding his comments about Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
However, a number of injuries allowed the youngster to make just 16 Premier League appearances during his debut campaign in Manchester, before a horrendous double leg break suffered in a clash with PSV Eindhoven at the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign saw the English global miss the remainder of his second season with the club.
And the 22-year-old's admission about his former boss will only fuel talk about a move to Tottenham.
"We saw the game they played with Real Madrid and they were not worse than them".
The two sides, who are separated in their table only by goal difference, face each other at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Untied boss brought up the Fellaini situation when quizzed about whether out-of-favour Luke Shaw would use the optional extra year in his contract.
Writing in the epilogue of 'Guillem Balague's Brave New World: Inside Pochettino's Spurs, ' he said that the Argentine "made me feel that I was the best".
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He scored twice in that 4-1 win which took Spurs level on points with second-placed Manchester United . Last season, both teams won their home fixtures against each other.
'He (Pochettino) used to call me his son. I've had lots of ups and downs, but when I was with Pochettino it was only ever up, up, up.
Shaw has been in and out of Manchester United's team since joining the club in a £30million deal back in June 2014. I do hope that I can play for him again one day. He'd show me clips of my games and say, "You should do this better".
"So, contrary to some imaginary sources that tell you everything we do here, I can promise you that since that match I didn't speak one single second about that match because there is no need".
"No, I don't know if it is Mauricio's words or it is his ghost-writer, I really don't know", Mourinho said of an issue his Tottenham counterpart has also downplayed.
Plagued by injuries throughout his United career, Shaw has played just 49 times in three years at the club.
According to Jamie Jackson of the Guardian, Shaw believes his time at Old Trafford could be drawing to a conclusion after the deterioration of his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.