In the past, whenever claims have been made about Luke Shaw’s future at Manchester United, the content hasn’t been hopeful. From the start itself, the left-back seemed doomed to a miserable tenure at the Theatre of Dreams.
Although his £27 million move from Southampton in 2014 was then the highest amount ever paid for a teenager, freak injuries cut his joy short. Even recovery seemed short-lived, as injury after injury continued to plague him.
When some semblance of balance seemed restored, Shaw found his next big woe in Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese gaffer, on multiple occasions, lashed out at him, that too publicly, and it was no secret that he was in misery at Old Trafford.
On many occasions during the past transfer windows, claims seemed all but certain that Shaw was headed out of United, but now, a new claim suggests otherwise.
As per the BBC, Shaw and Manchester United are close to agreeing on a new long-term deal for his services. Although the source doesn’t give details regarding its duration and terms, a five-year contract seems a likely clause.
Shaw has shown unprecedented improvements in his form this season, entirely wresting away the left-back starting spot from Ashley Young – the very position the youngster barely got to see during the previous campaign.
Despite United being in a position of great worry this season, Shaw has been its undoubted champion, with both numbers and visuals proving that he has been the side’s best player so far. In him, Mourinho has found yet another attacking presence in an erstwhile defensive set-up.
The renewal will be yet another boost of confidence for the 23-year-old, who also saw his England hopes renewed in the form of an international recall, albeit ending in injury.
All in all, in Dalot and Shaw, United may have found a full-back pairing that may last them an entire decade, should things continue to flourish.