Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is reportedly the reason why manager Jose Mourinho is no longer in the market for a new left-back, reports the Independent.
Leading up to the January transfer window, Manchester United were being heavily linked with Juventus and Brazil full-back Alex Sandro and Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose. However, Shaw’s turnaround in form has reportedly led to a change of heart from his manager.
The English international, who joined United from Southampton in 2014, was frozen out of the side at the start of the season. He was initially recovering from a foot injury, before being reduced to reserve team football and bench duty with the first-team.
Shaw has started four of United’s last five Premier League games, having previously missed 19 outings. He was also given a full 90 minutes in their most recent Champions League group game against CSKA Moscow and Carabao Cup clash with Bristol City.
And with the 22-year-old showcasing more consistency, it appears deals for Sandro and Rose are off. Mourinho’s U-turn on Shaw comes as a surprise given he was being kept out of the side by Ashley Young weeks previously, let alone the rumours linking him with a loan away from Old Trafford.
But now, the ex-Saints man could be fulfilling his potential to be a long-term left-back for Manchester United, as was the original plan upon his signing four years ago.