Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Luke Shaw will be getting a new contract, as reward for his recent upturn in form, reports The Sun.
The 22-year-old, who joined from Southampton in 2014, has enjoyed a real resurgence after being left out of the first-team earlier in the season.
He’s started six of United’s last 10 Premier League games, having only made his first appearance of the campaign in December, and Mourinho says he’s in line for a new deal.
“I know Shaw since he arrived in the Premier League with Southampton and know his potential and quality. Could he come in my direction? The way I like my players to be not just on the pitch but during the training week? And he made a big effort,” he said.
“He’s been free of minor injuries for a few months which sometimes stops the evolution and I’m really happy. The natural consequence of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years.”
Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian were all given game time at left-back earlier in the season, before Shaw nailed down a starting place on a near-regular basis at the end of last year.
The England international’s performances could mean Mourinho halts the search for a left-sided defender in the summer too. Shaw’s contract is up in a matter of months, although it’s unlikely United would have let an expensive asset leave for free at the end of the season regardless.
He’s made only 59 appearances for United in the last four years, having spent a lot of time sidelined due to recurring injury problems. Nevertheless, his career at Old Trafford could be reignited now he’s back in favour with Mourinho.