Footballers in the Premier League often make the headlines for their private lives, and one such player to have found himself in the situation at the weekend was Manchester United defender Luke Shaw.
The 19-year-old missed the Red Devils’ opening game of the Premier League season against Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday which they lost 2-1.
Hours later, the left-back, who is currently nursing a hamstring injury and will not recover until mid-September, was spotted with his friends on a night out.
The Mirror published the report on Sunday afternoon with pictures of the former Southampton teenager having fun with his friends.
‘Shaw was criticised by new boss Louis van Gaal over his fitness after returning to pre-season and it is unlikely his latest activity will bode well,’ stated the report.
Such pictures and stories are common in the British media, but what is not often seen is the concerned footballer hitting out in public.
Which is exactly what Shaw did, taking to social networking site Twitter to do so. The England international was seemingly given a vote of confidence in his stance by Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
It is hard not to support Shaw in this instance. True, United had just suffered a loss, but one cannot expect the players to just sit at home and chew on it.
Footballers, just like the rest of us, have a life outside of their jobs, and that needs to be respected.