Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly ended the club’s pursuit of a new left-back this month owing to the resurgence of Luke Shaw over the past month. The England international has started seven of the last 10 matches for the Red Devils while his performances have shown improvement game-by-game.
According to M.E.N, United have halted their ambition of pursuing a left-sided defender with Mourinho contend to stick with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw for the campaign. Young had been the first-choice in the position since September, but an injury to right-back Antonio Valencia meant that the Englishman had to swap positions, which in turn offered Shaw a route to the first XI.
United have already triggered a 12-month extension to keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2019, and Mourinho is expected to monitor the £70,000-a-week defender’s progress in the next four months, before deciding on whether to offload or keep his services.
Shaw’s career at Old Trafford have been hampered by a few injuries, including a double-leg break in 2015. Despite this, Shaw has gained the trust of the manager through his work in training, although his efforts could be short-lived when Young slots back in the left-back position.
Young has contributed valuable goals and assists to United’s cause this term, and Shaw needs to improve on this facet of his game in order to make his presence felt in the opposition half in an attack.