Paul Scholes has suggested Luke Shaw “could improve” if he leaves Manchester United for a club like Tottenham.
Shaw joined United from Southampton in 2014 for a fee in the region of £30 million, but his career at Old Trafford has been blighted by injuries and dips in form.
The 22-year-old played his best football for the Saints at the age of 17 under the management of Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.
As a result, there are often suggestions in the media that Tottenham could move for Shaw, a rumour that has gained momentum since Danny Rose’s future became uncertain.
Shaw was publicly criticised by Jose Mourinho’s after being substituted at half-time during United’s 2-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup on Saturday.
And former United midfielder Scholes has suggested Spurs might be a logical next destination for the defender.
“I still believe he could be the best in the world and in the summer he could go to Tottenham or somewhere and he could improve,” Scholes told BT Sport (via Metro).
“I couldn’t see a difference between him and Young. I think sometimes, managers get in their head that there’s a player not for them.
“For me I think he could be brilliant but his manager will still find something wrong with him.
“It is disappointing because when Luke Shaw came you thought what a player that is and he could be the best.
“It’s a relationship that come the summer will end. It keeps going on and on but he isn’t playing games.”
Shaw might line up against Tottenham in next month’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, although it’s likely Ashley Young will be preferred at left-back.
I think it’s unlikely Spurs will make a move for Shaw unless Pochettino still sees some potential he can work with.