Luke Shaw’s recent improvement from unfit, unreliable, injured and poor, to mediocre, not noticeably knackered and pretty quick going forward, have got him into the good books of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho had a chat with him recently seeking assurances over his fitness and commitment, and has decided to give him the rest of the season at the club. There are just 12 months left for him on his contract when they get to the summer, so he is playing for his future. United remain interested in Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon and Spurs left-back Danny Rose.
Kieran Tierney and Sessegnon are the targets for left-back, that article says. They are younger and represent better value, and unlike Rose they are both fit. Both represent a punt, but given their promise it is probably one worth taking.
Mourinho prefers his life living in a hotel. He has explained that he is in a two-story apartment near his assistants and prefers to live there than in a soulless house in Alderley. Given Manchester’s a pretty nice city by English standards, and the surrounding areas have nothing but grass and sheep, it’s hardly a ridiculous decision.
Manchester United and other clubs will soon be even richer. For those of us hoping to get rid of the Glazers, it’s bad news: Amazon are considering entering the race for the rights of the Premier League Sky and BT have struggled to justify their huge outlay, but the different dynamics of Amazon and their Prime Video service mean that they can spend more, and earn less, and it isn’t necessarily a bad idea.
And there’s more bad news: Inter Milan have said that they can’t afford Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian has been a dreadful disappointment, and needs replacing as soon as possible by someone who can manage more than 10 decent games a season.