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New contract for Luke Shaw?

Manchester United are about to enter new contract discussions with left-back Luke Shaw, according to reports.

The 22-year-old is set to return to action on Monday night for the under-23s having been out of action with an ankle injury picked up in our draw versus Swansea City at the end of April.

Shaw has not been a favourite of Jose Mourinho’s since the Portuguese manager’s arrival last summer and for one reason or another the £30 million signing by Louis van Gaal has only played 32 (29 starts) of a possible 115 Premier League games during his time at Old Trafford.

The England international has been training with the first team since the summer when he was part of our tour of America.

According to the Times, we’re going to enter negotiations with Shaw very soon as his current deal is due to expire at the end of the season.  A clause in his contract allows us to extend it by a further year, though one would expect we’ll tie him down to a longer deal.

Luke Shaw currently earns £70,000-a-week and it would be a shock if that wage was increased.

We have been linked with signing Tottenham’s Danny Rose this summer as Mourinho doesn’t appear comfortable with any of our options at left-back.  Daley Blind started there in last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham with Matteo Darmian as the only other available option.  Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo who all played there at times last season, are currently sidelined.

The former-Southampton player has had his attitude questioned by Mourinho in the past and it wouldn’t have been a surprise if the boss tried to flog him this summer had he been fit.  With plenty of competition ahead of him in the squad it will be interesting to see where Shaw’s future lies.  He offers great pace going forward whilst he still needs work on his defensive game.  Right now, fitness is his biggest issue.