Luke Shaw was signed by Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2014 which was the Dutchman’s first transfer window at Old Trafford, for £30m from Southampton with a lot of promise. It was the signing which saw fans’ favourite and club hero Patrice Evra leave Manchester. However, now it is looking like Shaw’s time at the Red Devils may be coming to an end.
Shaw started regularly under van Gaal and played well in his first season, making the 40-manshortlist for the Golden Boy Award. But his second season, where he still started regularly in the early stages of the campaign, ended abruptly in a Champions League match away at PSV Eindhoven. Hector Moreno slide tackled United’s left-back, who suffered a double leg fracture and was out for the rest of the season.
He returned under a new manager, José Mourinho. But José looks to be the key to the Shaw’s exist door at Old Trafford. This season, Mourinho has been incredibly inconsistent with Shaw.
Firstly, he questioned his loyalty and ability, resulting in Shaw only playing in League Cup games against Burton Albion and Swansea City. Then, he gave Shaw more of a run in and played him regularly, before calling him “the best left-back in the Premier League.” However, after this, he started to put him on the bench again and instead start Ashley Young, with Mourinho currently in another stage of slating Shaw.
It is believed that Shaw is now sick of this inconsistency and will look for a move away from Old Trafford in the summer for a club which will give him more minutes and better man management to him personally.
If Shaw does go in the summer, he will have played four seasons at Old Trafford. It would not have been as successful as he would have thought, even with his medals gained with the Red Devils.