Luke Shaw is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford with the arrival of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho is currently assessing his new squad and has already signed defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal.
Although Mourinho is unlikely to oversee a squad overhaul there are only 6 players assured to be staying. Michael Carrick, Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson have all signed contract extensions. Anthony Martial and David De Gea are indispensable along with Captain Wayne Rooney.
Luke Shaw is one player who should be included on the list of players who are sure to still be at Old Trafford next season. However we should not be surprised if Mourinho does not take a liking to Shaw. Mourinho was understood to have met with Luke Shaw before Shaw signed for United from Southampton for £27million.
Mourinho overlooked the England left back and was critical of Shaw saying:
“If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, to sign Luke Shaw, we are dead. We would have killed our stability with financial fair play and killed the stability in our dressing room.”
Mourinho not afraid to sell fan favourites
Shaw’s decision to choose a move to United is easily understandable with United’s history of developing young talent and the inevitable departure of Patrice Evra. However Shaw will be wary upon his return to Carrington on July 4th having seen Juan Mata, twice voted Chelsea’s player of the season, quickly deemed surplus to requirements by Mourinho whilst at Chelsea.
At the start of the season Luke Shaw was one of United’s stand out players. Shaw had started to form an excellent partnership with Memphis Depay down United’s left hand side. However after Shaw’s horrific leg break the form of Depay dropped hugely as did defensive partner Matteo Darmian.
When fully fit Shaw is arguably the best left back in the league. Borthwick-Jackson is still young whilst Marcos Rojo has looked anything but assured in the left back spot. Disposing of Shaw would seem illogical from Mourinho but given his history with selling players he deems disposable we should not be surprised.
Mourinho did describe Shaw as a “fantastic player” but after openly criticising an opposition player, and with other options at left back, will Shaw still be at Old Trafford come the start of next season?
Let us know what you think. Will Shaw still be at Old Trafford next season?