According to the Mirror, Luke Shaw has been given good news by manager Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese boss opting to conclude Manchester United’s hopes of a £50m deal with Tottenham Hotspur for Danny Rose. Mourinho reportedly believes he has enough options in defence for next season and will remove the English left-back on his list of transfer targets.
It’s a blow for Rose, with the 27-year-old said to be keen on a move to Old Trafford this summer but good news for Shaw. The former Southampton, who joined United in 2014 has struggled for form and playing time in Manchester and had a high-profile fallout with Mourinho last season. He’s lost his place in the starting lineup to a soon-to-be 33-year-old winger in Ashley Young and has only 12 months left on his contract.
After making just eight Premier League starts in 2017/18 and subsequently failing to make England’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Shaw will have no doubt been questioning what he should do this summer. He needs playing time to continue his development but that has been hard to come by at United. However, he may have a part to play next season with Mourinho sticking by Shaw and Young for his left-back options.
Diogo Dalot joined from FC Porto and is capable of playing on both sides of the defence, so his arrival may have made up the manager’s mind to stick with what he had as there was now sufficient cover at the back.