United have triggered the one-year extension clause in the contract of Luke Shaw, and it will see him stay at the club till 2019.
The 22-year-old left-back was being consistently linked with a move away from the club, especially after being criticised by manager Jose Mourinho, who also questioned the player’s fitness and attitude.
But Shaw seems to have bought time for himself after a string of decent performances in recent times, and M.E.N. Sport understand that the Old Trafford giants have taken up the option of keeping him for an additional year.
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According to the report, United will be monitoring the player’s performances until the end of the season, and then take a decision on the same. Therefore, they will not be looking to sign a left-back until then.
If the Englishman does manage to step up and fulfil Jose’s expectations, then a new contract could be on the way, with the club likely to tie him up for the next few years.
United were said to be interested in Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose, and they will still keep an eye on the England left-back. However, Mourinho’s main focus is to buy a midfielder and a winger, which are his primary targets.
Meanwhile, Shaw will be well aware that a string of good performances till the end of the season could also earn him a place in England’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Earlier, it was also revealed that several clubs were interested in Shaw, including the likes of Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. But now, with his contract extended till 2019, the talented player has the time to show why the Red Devils bought him in 2014.
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