Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho declined to answer when asked if he would be confident of challenging for the Premier League title next season with no further additions to his squad.
There are a few members of the Old Trafford dressing room who believe that some of the damning statements that Mourinho has made about Shaw in his press conferences over the past two years have been tantamount to bullying. "I think that when that becomes clear it is right that, with the right offer, you accept it", the Portuguese commented.
Injuries to Antonio Valencia and new signing Diogo Dalot mean Ashley Young and Victor Lindelof, who are on holiday following their World Cup exploits, could be rushed back to full fitness for the Premier League opener against Leicester City on August 10.
As revealed by ESPN FC, he considered a move away this summer.
But Mourinho's arrival a year later saw the Frenchman's development falter due to rotation with Marcus Rashford and the eventual signing of Alexis Sanchez.
"I was unsure going into the summer what was really happening", Shaw said.
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"I don't feel as though I've got a point to prove".
'He can play, he's such a strong lad - such a strong player - such a fit lad, he can run, great technique as well, great ability.
"F**k, I've just opened it and I must look so weird now". Leicester, on the other hand, look primed to lose a second player to a Manchester club this summer. I can't keep sitting on the bench and let my life go on, smoking a cigar, not doing anything. It's not me. I want to be playing football. I'm hoping it works out here and I play this season here.
And Mourinho believes the Brazil worldwide can be an important player this season. "If not, I need to look at myself and maybe find another solution".
The Italy worldwide joined United under former coach Louis van Gaal in 2015 but has fallen down the pecking order since Mourinho's arrival in 2016, making just 17 appearances across all competitions last season.
A month earlier, Shaw was dragged off at half-time in an FA Cup tie against Brighton. It makes no sense for him to come to the U.S.
"I guess you've just got to take it, because there is always going to be negative criticism as well as positive".
"That's why it pushes me on more".
When the question about his squad and challenging next season was put to him on Tuesday at a news conference in Los Angeles, Mourinho replied: "I don't answer to your question". It's frightful at times because people only see those things he says [in public].
It was amusing - I was on my phone flicking through stuff. I'm used to it. I've grown and learned a lot from the situations I've been in.