With the season nearing its end in a couple of months and the transfer window about to open, it's looking possible that the merry-go-round that's Luke Shaw and Jose Mourinho's relationship may very soon reach its conclusion.
Just earlier this month, Shaw's departure seemed all but certain, with some reports even suggesting that Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez was quite keen on bringing the 22-year-old to Tyneside.
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But once again, the saga has taken another twist.
Like the rest of the squad, the left-back has been told that he's not needed at Manchester United's training ground having been given time off by his Portuguese boss.
But that's not deterred Shaw, who has been plugging away with hard-graft at Carrington, putting in the much-needed extra work during the international break, in order to impress his manager with the Mirror reporting that the player is trying to prove a point to his manager.
It often feels like Shaw can do no right. Image: PA Images
It's often been a fraught affair between player and coach.
The latest barrage of criticism against the out-of-favour defender from Mourinho came when he was substituted at half-time in Man United's 2-0 win over Brighton in the F.A Cup earlier this month.
When asked why he took Shaw off, Mourinho stated, "I wanted my defensive line to be more solid and I want more personality in my team because many times I felt that [Nemanja] Matic was an island of personality, desire, and control surrounded by a lack of personality, a lack of class, and a lack of desire."
It's not the first time Shaw has been often publicly criticised by his boss for lack of effort.
Mourinho and Shaw's relationship has been fraught. Image: PA Images
However, it looks as though Shaw is now trying his utmost to secure a place in a team that he's struggled in ever since his arrival from Soton in 2014, in a deal reported to be £30 million.
The former PFA Young Player of the Year nominee lost his England place because of a lacklustre few years, but with the immense talent shown by him in some matches, we can just hope that he finds some consistency soon.
How will this end?
Words by Jacque Talbot