Jose Mourinho has confirmed he both wants, and expects Luke Shaw to be a Manchester United player for many years to come.
The youngster has come in for plenty of criticism from the current United boss, who has questioned his form, mentality, fitness and footballing brain, amongst many things. However, in recent months, Shaw has seemingly made a resurgence, and has made a genuine challenge to be the clubs first choice left-back.
There has been speculation that Manchester United are interested in signing a new left-back, with the likes of Danny Rose and Alex Sandro having been linked, although reports recently have suggested that the Portuguese boss has shelved those plans thanks to Shaw’s improved form.
Now, speaking to the media, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he expects the youngster to sign a new long term contract at the club.
“I know Shaw since he arrived in the Premier League with Southampton and know his potential and quality.
“Could he work in my direction? The way I like my players to be not just on the pitch but during the training week? He made a big effort.
“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.”
Mourinho tried to sign Shaw while he was Chelsea manager, but he decided to join Louis van Gaal’s side for £30m, a world record fee for a teenager at the time.
Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with having an interest in the 22-year-old.