Manchester United look set to offload their underperforming full-back Luke Shaw once the transfer window opens in January according to a report in The Times.
When the defender, who joined United in 2014 from Southampton for £30 million, was signed it was hoped that he would be the long term replacement for Patrice Evra but injuries and questions over his football intelligence have seen him fall behind Matteo Darmian, Daly Blind and now Ashley Young in the pecking order.
Louis Van Gaal had questioned the young left-back’s fitness when he first arrived at the club but by the time his second season had come around the dutch manager proclaimed that it would be the “the season of Luke Shaw!”. That season was cut short when he suffered a horror leg break away at PSV and since then it has been a struggle to return to either form or fitness.
Jose Mourinho’s arrival at the club hasn’t helped things for the 22-year-old, he doesn’t seem to rate Shaw in any capacity and even when he did once play well for the Portuguese manager, Jose took the credit saying he had had to basically do all the thinking for Shaw while he was on the pitch, shouting instructions from the sidelines.
United are set to activate an extension in Shaw’s contract that would, in theory, keep him at the club until 2019 but in reality will allow them to sell him on and recoup some of the money spent on the player with the sum of £20 million being mooted as the asking price.
Perhaps a move would be best for both parties as it seems unlikely that there is any way back to the first-team for Shaw now, it’s a sad and disappointing end to a chapter that saw him become the most expensive teenager in history, sign for one of the biggest clubs in the world and be heralded as the new England left-back for a generation. We can only hope that the rest of the story has a happier ending.
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