Despite Luke Shaw playing just twice for Manchester United this term, Jose Mourinho has said the defender still has a future at the club. Shaw came on as a second half substitute against Swansea in the Red Devils’ midweek Carabao Cup clash win. He has only featured in one other Manchester United fixture this term.
Mourinho on Luke Shaw
Shaw cost Manchester United £29 million when the club bought him from Southampton. Shaw joined the club in 2014 and his contract expires in July 2018.
Jose Mourinho was recently asked about Shaw’s chances of staying with Manchester United after this season.
“Why not? Because of his words. If you want to speak about his words I would be very disappointed if his words were different,” Mourinho said.
“I am always disappointed when a player..because he has a new manager, the new manager becomes the best and the old manager becomes very bad, and football is full of examples of lack of character.
“Luke Shaw was just honest. The manager that helped him to come to the first, to come to the best moment of his career is a manager that do not forget he likes a lot and that maybe one day he would be reunited again so for me the perfect words that show Luke Shaw character in relation to the people that he happy with.
“He has a future here – I think he has – but the situation is not easy because he comes from injury after injury after injury. He needs two, three, four, five or six matches in a row to play, to make mistakes, to get condition, to get match fitness and I cannot give him that. In this moment I can’t give him that.
“If he was a midfield player, central midfielder player, then yes, because we only have two left backs we have so many options, so the situation is not easy.”
Shaw has been linked with a move to Tottenham. Mourinho believes the left-back must be ready to fight for his place, if he is to stay at Old Trafford, however.