The Englishman, having only managed 70 minutes of Premier League action between October and March last season, was publicly criticised by his boss for not doing enough in training to merit a place in the squad.
And he has continued to linger on the periphery of proceedings this season, making just two appearances from the bench in the Carabao Cup since returning from injury in September.
According to the Mirror‘s James Nursey, the potential January departure to Manchester City for Ryan Bertrand could open the door for Shaw to make a return to his former club.
The gradual impoverishment of Shaw’s condition at Man United has been hard to watch. That flying, bustling, effervescent, powerful presence on the left hand side – engendered at Saint Mary’s – now feels more like something from a separate reality altogether.
His confidence is in the gutter, and it won’t be restored by a run of games. Too often has Shaw gone through the merry-go-round of injury followed by game time and then further injury. Like with Memphis Depay, Old Trafford has become a place tantamount with detachment from the main bloc, of the general pulse of the side. Ask yourself: does he feel like part of Mourinho’s squad?
A move back to the place that oversaw the best moments of his career, therefore, makes complete sense for the 22-year-old.