‘He hasn’t lived up to expectations’ – Man Utd View on Chelsea/Spurs Target
We spoke to Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst to get the lowdown on whether Shaw would be attainable for either Chelsea or Spurs
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw would reportedly be of interest to both Chelsea and Spurs should he complete a move away from Old Trafford.
Shaw has endured another troubled campaign at United having failed to work his way into the starting XI on a regular basis under Jose Mourinho after his long injury lay-off last year with a broken leg.
Chelsea and Spurs already have top left-backs in Marcos Alonso and Danny Rose respectively, but have been reported as potential suitors for the former Southampton man should they be given any indication he may become available.
We spoke to Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst to get some more detail on Shaw’s form at United – and whether there’s any likelihood of him leaving the club.
What is the latest on his Manchester United future?
United’s stance is Mourinho has faith in him, which was something they cited when Evra tried to engineer a move back to the club. Mourinho does have reservations, though.
How is his recovery from injury coming along?
He’s had five separate injuries this season and a bout of illness prevented him from playing against Zorya, so he has only started 12 games and not lined up in the league since October.
Has he been able to live up to expectations during his time at United?
There have been flashes. He was outstanding in the defeat at Chelsea in his first season and was superb at the start of last season until he broke his leg. The brutal truth is he hasn’t lived up to expectations, mainly because of injuries.
Do you think he would leave United and, if so, would Mourinho allow him to move to a team he considers a title rival?
Yes and yes (if United signed someone like Danny Rose).
Would he represent an upgrade to Spurs’ options at left-back and would he fit the left-wing-back role Chelsea use in their 3-5-2 system?
If fit for a prolonged spell he’s a better footballer than Alonso or Rose, in spite of their outstanding form. He has the talent to develop into a world-class left-back and might feel more settled back in the south playing for his boyhood club or under Pochettino again.
His contract is an obvious issue, though. Come the summer, he has just a year left remaining on it but United have the option of extending it until 2019, so the power is with them.
Ultimately, though, if Mourinho doesn’t want him it would be better to sell him this summer rather than summer 2018, because his re-sale value would probably be higher.