The young Englishman’s current deal was set to expire at the end of the 2017/18 season, but Man United have taken up the option to extend Shaw’s stay at Old Trafford by at least one more season.
Shaw joined United from Southampton in 2014 as an 18-year-old, his £27m deal making him the most expensive teenager in world football. Then he signed a four-year contract, including the option now exercised to extend that to a five-year stay.
It’s been a difficult three years in Manchester so far for Shaw. After a first season where the player himself admitted he had not worked hard enough, he spent the summer at a personal training camp in Dubai alongside Adnan Januzaj.
That paid off, with some world-class performances before a tibia & fibula leg break was suffered in the UEFA Champions League against PSV Eindhoven.
Shaw’s brilliant form was disrupted, and the process to come back was a difficult one. When he did finally return, José Mourinho had replaced Louis van Gaal and showed him the same public tough love as the Dutchman had done.
Mourinho publicly criticised the then 21-year-old Shaw on a number of occasions, and as he began to make his way back into the side, he picked up another injury.
Now, he’s returning once more for United, but must show the same attitude as Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have done, two players who were criticised publicly before becoming key players in the side for Mourinho.
The decision to extend Shaw’s contract rather than give him a new one is indicative of the half-faith shown in this. Mourinho and the club are effectively giving Shaw an extra year to prove himself at Old Trafford.