Luke Shaw hasn’t had a great few years at Old Trafford, but Manchester United are reportedly willing to give the young left-back time to get back on track. According to an exclusive in the Sun, the England international had an extension option triggered on his contract over the summer, meaning his deal — which had been due to expire at the end of the current campaign — will now run until 2019.
Shaw is now 22 years old, and is fast running out of time to convince José Mourinho that he has what it takes to succeed at United in the long term. However, he’s now on the brink of returning from an injury that has kept him sidelined since pre-season, and hopefully the news of his contract extension will ease the pressure to perform. There’s no doubt that a talented player lurks in there somewhere, but he’s proving difficult to coax out.
Mourinho spoke on the subject of Shaw’s return from injury ahead of the weekend’s win over Southampton, declaring: “Look, he doesn’t play for six months. I am not expecting him to arrive on Wednesday and to be Man of the Match or to be running up and down for 45 minutes. Luke had surgery and a long time without playing football. I cannot expect him to be back and to be strong, strong, strong in his work.”