Manchester United are set to offer their young full back Luke Shaw a new contract to keep him at the club, despite many reports linking him with a move away from Old Trafford and boss Jose Mourinho unimpressed with the player’s attitude and commitment.
Shaw, 22, moved to Manchester United from Southampton in June 2014, for a fee in the region of £33 million which, at the time, was a world record fee paid for a teenager. But his career at United was blighted early, suffering a series of injuries including a double fracture to his leg from a challenge by Hector Moreno in United’s Champions League fixture against PSV Eindhoven.
Inconsistent form and further games missed due to injury meant that Shaw fell down the United pecking list and even when fit, struggled to make the first team. He was linked to a host of clubs as a move seemed likely over the summer, including Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and West Ham United.
But Shaw has impressed in a series of games for the United Under-23’s, so much so that United are now ready to offer Shaw a new deal, with his current one due to expire at the end of this season. A one year extension is being offered on the same £130,000 per week he is on, as he looks to curry favour with Mourinho and make a first team place his own.
United have started the season superbly well, winning their first three Premier League games, scoring 10 goals in the process without conceding – so Shaw will do well to break into the League campaign any time soon. His chance may well come via the domestic Cups, of which United have been drawn at home to Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup, and also via the Champions League, where United will like the teams they have been drawn against as they look to make the knockout phases.
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