Luke Shaw recently signed a new five year contract worth £39M at Manchester United, something that would have been unimaginable this time last year. So we’ve decided to take a look back at Luke Shaw’s turbulent time at Old Trafford.
After an impressive two seasons in Southampton’s first team and having just been the youngest player to play at the 2014 World Cup, some of the biggest clubs in England were considering making a move for Shaw. Manchester United and Chelsea were leading the race and on the 27th June, Shaw made his dream move to Manchester United. The transfer fee is thought to be around £30 million, making him the most expensive teenager in world football at the time.
During pre-season, Shaw suffered a hamstring injury and subsequently missed the start of the season. He eventually made his debut on the 27th September, playing in a 2-1 victory over West Ham. In October, Shaw was announced on the 40-man shortlist for the annual Golden Boy award. Overall, it was a solid debut season for Shaw who had played in 20 competitive games for United, everything was going as expected.
Shaw began the season in scintillating form, playing in all of United’s league matches. Then on the 15th September, during a game against PSV in the Champions League, Hector Moreno made ‘that’ double leg brake challenge. During a nine minute stoppage involving nine medical staff, Shaw received oxygen. He would not play again that season.
This was meant to be Shaw’s breakthrough season; unfortunately it didn’t quite pan out that way. By April, he had only been a bit-part player, in and out of the team. After a goalless draw at West Brom (in which Shaw hadn’t even made the bench), Mourinho stated “I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind”. Later that month Shaw suffered ankle ligament damage and ruled himself out for the rest of the season.
In October, reports surfaced that Shaw saw no future for himself at United and although he had done everything he could, Mourinho was still unhappy with his attitude. Their relationship didn’t improve and in March, Shaw was hooked from a game against Brighton in the 45th minute. Mourinho cited a lack of aggression and an inability to get into good defensive positions. It looked certain Shaw would be leaving United, either that summer or the next. However, that summer Mourinho’s stance had changed and he was in contact with Shaw, strongly supporting his new diet and fitness regime.
During the off season, Shaw insisted on taking a fitness coach with him on holiday to keep him in the best possible shape and he returned to preseason training with a new lease of life. He quickly re-established his place in the side and has become a key member of the squad.
On the 19th, it was announced Shaw had agreed to sign a new 5 year deal, worth £150,000 a week. We wish Luke all the best over the next five years and hope he can fulfil his undeniable potential.