England international Luke Shaw is expected to be rewarded with a fresh long-term contract at Manchester United before the end of the 2017/18 campaign. The 22-year-old has turned into a regular under Jose Mourinho despite failing to make the matchday squad during the initial months of the season.
According to The Mirror, the former Southampton graduate is due a contract extension at Old Trafford after winning over Mourinho with his performances of late. Shaw found himself behind Ashley Young in the pecking order for the left-back role, but his fortunes have changed since December, starting in five of United’s seven league outings.
Shaw, who is currently on £80,000-a-week, saw his stay prolonged until June 2019 via a 12-month extension clause on his previous deal, and the club are now prepared to discuss fresh terms over a long-term contract.
The likes of Alex Sandro and Danny Rose have been associated with a potential move to Old Trafford in the summer, but the form and progress shown by Shaw appears to have shelved the club’s plans to recruit a new left-sided defender.
Nevertheless, the club are aiming to bolster the other full-back position with Mourinho seemingly keen on a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia, who will be 33 before the start of the 2018/19 season.
Shaw is likely to retain his spot for the second Premier League match on the trot when Manchester United take on Newcastle United at St James Park on Sunday.