The team option on Luke Shaw’s 5th contract year was triggered by Manchester United. This means that the 22-year-old will be back at Old Trafford for a final season.
Ever since earning a move in the summer of 2014, Shaw has been unable to produce his best football. United made him the most expensive teenage defender in the world at the time, without any success.
Shaw made 60 appearances in 2 seasons with Southampton’s senior team from 2012-2014. By contrast, he has just 50 appearances in the 4 years since.
Injuries have played a role in that, without a doubt. But he’s just about been as big a flop as Andy Carroll was at Liverpool.
Over the course of the past season, manager Jose Mourinho has repeatedly rebuked the left-back for not being in shape or match fitness. Despite avoiding injuries, he was not a part of Mourinho’s first team plans. Shaw tallied only 11 Premier League appearances and 19 overall.
United are giving him one final chance to redeem his career. It’s time the youngster lived up to the rich potential he displayed with the Saints.
Nobody was calling him overpriced following his 2014 transfer because he’d fully demonstrated that he could be worth that fee of £30 million.
In his place, Ashley Young has flourished as the starting left-back, rejuvenating his own United career. He’s been so good that he’s now starting for the England XI at that position in the World Cup. The contrast between the two wasn’t lost on United fans, as they berated Shaw for holidaying.
To get to the first XI, Shaw needs an extended run at the starting berth. He might just have been better off going out on loan than staying with the club beyond this summer. Nevertheless, Shaw at full health and fitness will be a useful weapon for the Red Devils.