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Luke Shaw tells Manchester United squad what it’s like to play under Mauricio Pochettino

Luke Shaw has previously said Mauricio Pochettino made him feel like he was the “best player” as Argentine is linked with the Manchester United manager vacancy.

Shaw broke through the Southampton academy into the first team and progressed significantly under Pochettino.

His performances on the south coast attracted United to the tune of £27million in 2014, making him the highest-paid teenager in world football at the time.

The pair could be reunited at United in the near future, if both coach and club get their way.

Pochettino is currently in charge of French side Paris Saint-Germain but the MEN understands he is willing to cut his stay short in the French capital and move to Manchester to take the vacant managerial role.

Shaw’s bright start at Old Trafford was ruined by a severe leg break in 2015.

For a few years, the left back struggled for form and there were reports linking him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur where Pochettino had moved to.

Speaking about what it was like to play under Pochettino and the possibility of linking up with him again, Shaw spoke highly of him in Guillem Ballugue’s book ‘Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs.’

“He used to call me his son,” wrote Shaw. ‘That’s how good our relationship was. I’ve had lots of ups and downs, but when I was with Pochettino it was only ever up, up, up.

“He made me feel that I was the best. He’d show me clips of my games and say, ‘You could do this better’. Not in a horrible way. Not I could have done better, but I should have done better, because he knows I can be better.

“I think with Southampton he achieved the impossible. We were one of the best footballing teams in the league… I do hope that I can play for him again one day. And I think he really wants me to play under him again.”

Shaw had a stellar season last year, helping United reach the Europa League final as well as finishing second in the Premier League.

He carried his form into the 2020 European Championships where he scored in the final against Italy before England were beaten on penalties.

Though his form has dipped a bit this season, what he said about playing under Pochettino could be exactly what he needs to return to the lofty heights of 2020/21.

Shaw is likely to miss United’s Champions League game against Villarreal with a concussion he picked up in the Manchester derby before the international break.

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