Luke Shaw: This proves Jose Mourinho wants me at Man United
The Manchester United star is confident that he has the backing of his manager and the club
Luke Shaw is confident that he is part of Jose Mourinho’s plans at Manchester United.
The 23-year-old has struggled to make an impressions at Manchester United following his £27m move to the Red Devils from Southampton in the 2014 summer transfer window.
Shaw suffered a horrific double leg break in a 2-1 loss to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in their opening Champions League group stage fixture in September 2015.
The England international didn’t return to first-team action until the following campaign after Jose Mourinho had taken over the reins from Van Gaal.
The Manchester United manager hasn’t been afraid to criticise the former Southampton defender over the past 24 months due to Shaw’s inconsistent performances.
Shaw made 11 appearances in the Premier League last season and his reputation has been dented by his niggling injury problems and inability to hold down a starting spot at Old Trafford.
But the Manchester United defender is adamant that he has the support of Mourinho and the club ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
Shaw told The Guardian: “It would be easy for me to quit and say: ‘I want to go.’ Of course, if the manager comes and says: ‘You’re not a player for Manchester United, you’re not a player for me,’ then I’ll accept that and find another place.
“I want to earn a contract. I don’t want a contract because in the next year I’m a free agent, so they might look to tie me down. I know the club believe me – I’ve spoken with them, the manager, I’ve had discussions, meetings. If they really wanted to they could’ve cashed in. I’m going to fight for it this year and I want to be in that starting team.”
Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last season to secure their best finish since the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The Red Devils lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley.