22-year-old defender prepared to stay at Manchester United: reports

England international Luke Shaw is prepared to stay at Manchester United beyond the January transfer window following an improvement in his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho. The 22-year-old has managed just three appearances for the Red Devils this term – none of which have come in the Premier League.

Shaw has been associated with a potential exit from Old Trafford of late, but according to The Mirror, the left-back is ready to fight for his future after receiving a fresh incentive from Mourinho, who offered him his start of the season against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

The former Southampton graduate has had injury issues during his three-and-a-half year spell with United, and this has hindered his chances of establishing himself as a regular for club and country. Mourinho has recently claimed that Shaw ‘deserves‘ an opportunity to push for a regular first-team football at United, and it appears that the Portuguese tactician has seen a change in his attitude, which led to criticism during the backend of last season.

Shaw put in a strong performance during the 2-1 win over CSKA last week, where he showed pace, defensive awareness and nimbleness in his play, which were reminiscent during his early professional career. Despite this, he has a long way to go before becoming a regular with Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian presently ahead of him for the Premier League duties.

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