Luke Shaw, once one of the most promising prospects in England, is reportedly on the brink of being turfed out at Manchester United.
The left-back has struggled with form, injuries and fitness since making a £30m move from Southampton in 2014, exacerbated immeasurably by a broken leg suffered in a Champions League clash at PSV the following year.
While he may have had a chance to rebuild his Man United career under Louis van Gaal, his fate appears to be a far bleaker one under the Dutchman’s successor Jose Mourinho. The Times have reported that relations between player and manager are at an all-time low – with Mourinho making it abundantly clear to the 22-year-old that he is behind Daley Blind, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian in the Old Trafford pecking order.
The relationship between the pair has apparently become so fractious that they are no longer on speaking terms, with Shaw’s frustration over a lack of playing time manifesting itself in a stronger fashion.
Mourinho, for his part, has had no problem making an example of Shaw in the past, regularly calling him out over a lack of fitness and even now barely considering him for selection two months after he has returned from a foot injury. He played in the final few minutes of Tuesday night’s League Cup win against Swansea, but those are likely the last minutes of senior competitive football he will see for some time.
Indeed, with the World Cup on the horizon he may look to leave on loan in January. The report goes on to claim that Man United have triggered a one-year extension in his contract, which had been due to expire in the summer, to ensure they get a fee for him if they decide to cut their losses permanently in the near future.
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