Luke Shaw is a player that most supporters will be surprised to still see at Manchester United after the winter transfer window.
The youngster’s inability to make a consistent mark due to a string of injuries and form-issues as well as a regularly changing spot hierarchy left many to believe that an exit will be agreed for the Englishman.
But now, Jose Mourinho has given a firm update regarding the future of the left-back, and it is one that supporters will be glad to hear.
Speaking in the press conference ahead of his side’s weekend clash against Newcastle, the Portuguese gaffer stated: “Luke is not about changing my mind, it’s just the evolution or no evolution of his potential. It’s just about that.
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“I know Shaw since he arrived in the Premier League with Southampton and know his potential and quality. Could he come in my direction? The way I like my players to be not just on the pitch but during the training week, and he made a big effort.”
But it is what the former Chelsea manager added that will be a massive boost for the 22-year-old: “He’s been free of minor injuries for a few months which sometimes stops the evolution and I’m really happy. The natural consequence of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years.”
As a player who repeatedly dominated the headlines as an assured exit, this will be an immensely welcome lifeline for the lad.
Now it is up to him to make the most out of the years that Mourinho has prescribed for him, and perhaps even make a firm mark upon the great game, as he was often touted for during his days at Southampton.