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Luke Shaw could be offered a new Manchester United contract this summer

Manchester United could offer Luke Shaw a new contract this summer amid the uncertainty with the left-back position at the club. Despite Shaw being the only experienced left-back at the Old Trafford club, it was Ashley Young who predominantly played in that position throughout the season despite Shaw being given chances, chances which supporters seemed pleased with. However, it is not the supporters you need to please, it is the manager, Jose Mourinho. This summer, Shaw, 22, will enter the final year of his contract, the fifth year which was activated this summer.

This summer, United were tipped to sign Juventus left-back Alex Sandro but his reported €60 million fee is something that has led to United shelving the possibility of signing a new left-back. Shaw was tipped to be the main left-back for both United and England when he signed for the club in the summer of 2014, which is something that just has not worked so far, especially for England with Young starting both matches for England in the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer.

Shaw managed just eight Premier League starts last season, which resulted in Gareth Southgate overlooking the 22-year-old for England duty this summer. Shaw is a player that has been linked to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, which would see him reunited with former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino but with his stock falling rapidly at United and the fact United could lose the player on a free in a years time, a new contract, along with another chance to gain the trust of the manager, could well be devil’s delight for United.

It will all rest on whether Shaw’s agent sees his clients future at the Old Trafford club. A new contract was talked up during the winter but at that time, it was a possibility that United would be signing a new left-back in the summer, which would leave the player on the sidelines still fighting to impress the manager and possibly not gaining any or much playing time, which would in effect be pointless. Shaw has the talent to succeed but it is his mentality which seems to be lacking.

Shaw has faced criticism from Pochettino whilst at Southampton, Louis van Gaal when at United, Roy Hodgson when playing for England and Jose Mourinho at United. Many will blame Shaw’s inability to succeed solely on Mourinho but the writing has been on the wall for four years or more. Shaw was in great form when he suffered that devastating double leg fracture in the UEFA Champions League against PSV Eindhoven. Since his return from that injury, the player has found it hard to fight for his chances and play to the demands of the manager.

In a bid to find solidity at the left-back position, as Young is not the player to excel there for the years to come, United have been linked to Sandro, Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, Spur’s Danny Rose and even Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, despite him playing in a more attacking position over the last season. With his future seemingly up in the air, Shaw, currently on holiday in Ibiza should really be looking for a way back into the manager’s plans but he is again being criticised for his physique, which is not good for a professional footballer of his age.

With England through to the round of 16 stage in the World Cup after England won both matches, the fact that Young could miss a large part of pre-season could be a chance for Shaw to shine and earn his position in the squad ahead of the new season, where Mourinho’s squad will need to overcome Manchester City and the other challengers looking to lift the Premier League title. However, with the likes of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian expected to leave this summer, Demetri Mitchell could be an early challenger for Shaw.

If Shaw is given this chance to shine under Mourinho, it will likely be his last at the club if he fails. The option of a new contract will protect United, meaning that he will not be able to leave the club on a free in a year’s time, if he accepts the contract of course. United need to protect themselves as much as giving the player a chance, but in order for it to work, the player needs to take the chance he has been given, which is a chance he should be willing and able to take and prove that he is the player Manchester United need more than anyone else.

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