Jose Mourinho has categorically ruled out selling Luke Shaw this summer but made it clear he wants to see more improvement from him at Manchester United.
Shaw, 21, will hopefully return to Man United’s starting XI to face Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon having had to watch from the sidelines for an extended period of time.
It’s been a hard year for Shaw after returning from injury and some fans have questioned Mourinho’s tough treatment of him but offering some real insight into what’s happening behind the scenes, Mourinho gave complete assurance he would not be selling Shaw in the summer.
When asked about selling Shaw, Mourinho said: “No, no, no. He will be here for sure, that is out of the question.
“What I think is that he had a very ugly injury, really, really ugly and the fact is not just the physical point of view but also the mental impact on him.
“Sometimes people forget he is only a young player with a lot to learn but I like the player and I like the boy.” Jose Mourinho on Luke Shaw
“So this season he has had a couple of small injuries and he needs to adapt.
“He knows what I like in a defender.
“He knows that I like stability, that I don’t like mistakes, that for me it is vital to trust a player totally and he has to work to get it.
“And when he is on the pitch again he has to try to give me that step-by-step because he is still only a young player.”
It’s great to hear Mourinho has Shaw in his plans at United because he’s without doubt the best left-back we’ve got at the club and the only thing standing in between his return to a regular starting XI is his form. Of course, Mourinho needs to afford him more chances to show that form but there is no issue between the pair which puts those rumours to rest.
We questioned Mourinho with his treatment of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial but both have come through the other side of it as better players. Martial is a similar age so the comparison is fairer but Shaw’s injury adds a different dimension to this situation and could explain why he has taken that bit longer to settle under Mourinho. However, I’ve got faith in Jose with Shaw.
The good thing is Shaw isn’t going anywhere and that faith will help the 21-year-old overcome any problems he’s got, physically and mentally, from the last 18 months of his career. When he can re-find the sort of form he showed at the beginning of last year under Louis van Gaal, Mourinho will have no choice but to start him every week and United fans can’t wait to see that happen.