Luke Shaw is perhaps one of the best left-backs in the world. Shaw, an English footballer for both the Premier League’s Manchester United and the English national team, boasts strong attacking form, especially with a focus on speed, decision-making, and defense.
Luke Shaw’s 2015-2016 season with Manchester United was one of his strongest, but his successful run unfortunately ended with an injury: a broken leg obtained at a game against PSV Eindhoven in mid-September. Since then, Shaw’s performance has been noticeably less, rendering him to the bench as primarily a substitute player.
But Shaw has stood up again. Due to right-back Antonio Valencia’s recent hamstring injury and winger Ashley Young’s three-match suspension, Shaw has managed to start United’s last four games, something he has not done since September 2016.
Shaw’s broken leg, at first, transcended simple injury into both of psychological and physical impacts, most notably in his less-than-ideal relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho, which was in no part a secret.
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) December 4, 2017
However, according to senior-level members of the United hierarchy, Shaw has been “working hard”, and has been vested with their faith again, being given a one-year contract extension until 2019.
Best for Shaw, particularly, is Mourinho’s renewed interest in him. After United’s English Premier League season start against AFC Bournemouth in mid-December, Mourinho lavished great praise on Shaw for an exemplary performance.
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) December 13, 2017
In Mourinho’s words, “Luke [Shaw] started so-so, which is normal but then improving, improving, and improving, confidence levels going really high and he had a fantastic hour of football.” Coming from the contentious and hard-to-please Mourinho, such compliments are invaluable.
Amidst the process of extending Shaw’s contract were talks of Newcastle United FC placing great interest in Shaw. Manchester United was willing to let Shaw go in December for 20 million pounds, 10 million less than they paid Southampton FC three and a half years ago.
But as is clear with the end of the winter transfer window, Shaw had no intentions of leaving United, but is rather quite ready to build his strength back at the forefront of Manchester United. Luke Shaw may have suffered a brief slow spell in his career this past year, but hopefully United fans will be able to witness him return to the perfect form he held a few years back.