With Manchester United still yet to decide on a regular first-choice left-back, Luke Shaw has spent the start of the season playing for the reserves.
The England international made his first appearance of the campaign when he came off the bench in the 4-1 Carabao Cup win over Burton Albion last week.
Daley Blind, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian have all played in his position so far this season, and Jose Mourinho cast further doubt on his future with his comments about his work rate last week.
The Portuguese told a press conference:
“You saw the game [against Burton], you saw the same as I see. Are you asking me if he plays tomorrow [in the 1-0 win over Southampton]? No, he’s not playing tomorrow. He has to work, he has to improve.
“He hasn’t played for six months. If he doesn’t play for six months, I don’t expect him to arrive on Wednesday and be the Man of the Match and to be running up and down for 45 minutes. It’s just a process, he doesn’t play for a long, long time.
“You have other players in the Premier League that are not starting matches in this moment and their managers say they’re not in the best condition. We’re speaking about some of the best players in the Premier League. Luke had surgery and a long time without playing football. I cannot expect him to be back and strong in his work.”
Nevertheless, ESPN have revealed that the former Southampton man is set to be handed a contract extension, with his current deal set to run out next year.
The Red Devils have taken up the option to renew until 2019, by which time he’ll have spent five years at Old Trafford.
Shaw made an impressive start to life in the north-west before a horror leg break in the Champions League saw his progress stunted.
Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford are also set to be handed new deals, per the Independent.
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