Jose Mourinho has praised left back Luke Shaw after a string of impressive performances for United. Shaw has come under public criticism from Mourinho in the past, but injuries to fullbacks Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have meant the Englishman has started the last 4 Premier League games. This is his longest run in the team since September 2015 where an awful leg break against PSV Eindhoven ruled him out for several months.
Shaw, 22, has not been able to rediscover his form which warranted a £30 million transfer to Old Trafford, falling behind Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young in Mourinho’s pecking order. Widespread reports suggested Tottenham fullback Danny Rose could come in to replace Shaw after an apparent rift with Mourinho, but the United manager now see’s Shaw as crucial in his long term plans heaping praise on the youngster:
‘I can say that in this moment I don’t see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw.
‘He had played very well. He was already improving and playing well when I start playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time he was coming step by step, and now with a good run of matches and continuity, he is solid. ‘
‘Physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding the game much better and what we need in different phases and circumstances. I’m really happy.’
Shaw is expected to retain his place for United’s away match against Burnley tomorrow, as he looks to consolidate his place as United’s first choice left back. Daley Blind is the only new injury concern for Mourinho’s side who go into the match looking to close the 12 point gap on leaders Manchester City.
United’s deal for Alexis Sanchez with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way is yet to be finalised; Sanchez needed to have been registered before 12pm on Friday to be available for Saturday’s game. However a deal for the Chilean remains imminent and he is now expected to make his debut in the FA Cup on Friday away to Yeovil.