Luke Shaw has entered the final year of his Manchester United contract and has a lot to prove if he is to extend his Old Trafford stay beyond 2019.
The former Southampton left-back joined United in 2014, aged 18, with the world at his feet. There was a genuine belief amongst supporters that Shaw could one day be one of the best full-backs in the world, but then his attitude kept being questioned.
The Mirror are now reporting that an automatic contract extension was triggered by the club and it is unlikely that Shaw will leave this summer, although he must prove his fitness and dedication to the cause if he is to get much game time next season.
He has struggled to become a regular under Jose Mourinho, who, in the past, has shown that he doesn’t fully trust the left-back when it comes to starting games. The manager prefers Ashley Young, a winger by trade, to take over extra defensive duties rather than go with a recognised defender.
Some even went as far to suggest Shaw was being bullied by Mourinho. A laughable claim considering it has more to do with the player’s attitude than Mourinho.
Shaw caused outrage this week when a picture of him holidaying in Ibiza did the rounds across social media. The outrage came as a result of the extra few pounds he’s gained during the off-season. United fans, understandably, were left annoyed by his condition.
The England international will join up with the rest of United’s non-World Cup players for pre-season training later this week. Hopefully, Mourinho and the coaches run that gut off.