By Mark Weasley
Manchester United are set to abandon our search for a new left back this winter as the return to form of Luke Shaw has ensured that there is no express need to delve into the transfer market.
The 22-year-old England international looked set to leave Old Trafford this January after losing his place to veteran winger, Ashley Young. However, with Young out due to suspension and the injury to Antonio Valencia, Shaw has grabbed the new opportunity with both hands, starting six of the last eight league matches at the left side of defence.
United have been linked to a host of marquee players this transfer window as names such as Danny Rose and Alex Sandro have been mooted, but it would seem that the club are pleased with Shaw’s return to top form. Shaw didn’t start the season as he was recovering from a foot operation, but has risen to the expectation the club had of him when we shelled out £30 million to sign him from Southampton as the long term replacement for Patrice Evra. He didn’t start a league game till December and looked set to be part of a player plus cash deal for Tottenham defender, Danny Rose.
The defender has impressed with his all-action display in left back since coming back to the side and has won over his mangers with his renewed focus on defensive duties. Shaw, 22 has been beset by injuries ever since his move from Southampton in 2014, but is starting to look like the real deal. He has been criticised by Mourinho for lacking confidence in matches.
The Metro reports that Shaw was asked by José about his ability to play all through the hectic festive period but the Portuguese was assured by the defender that he was up to the task. He has since played 90 minutes across three matches in five days to show that he is back to full fitness. There is an expectation at the club that Shaw will still come out good despite his injury hell, and abandoning our search for a new left back is a testament to that fact.