Luke Shaw may have been an unrealistic target this season due to Southampton’s unwavering stance that he was not going to be sold but all is not well down on the South coast.
Chairman Nicola Cortese has resigned from Southampton after relations with the owner became untenable and The Sun believes a mass exodus could be on the horizon, because manager Mauricio Pochettino stated back in August 2013 that he would leave if Cortese did.
“I would not understand staying in this role if Nicola was not here,” he said.
“The person that actually called me from the start, told me about the project and put their faith in me was Nicola.
“I have great respect as well for Southampton, the club and the supporters, but Nicola has been the one that has placed his trust and faith in me.
“I wouldn’t see myself in this club if it was not for him.
“I think I am a very transparent person, a very honest person.
“We are on the same wavelength about the club and the future of the club so it really would not make any sense if I was at this club and he was not.”
Within the space of six weeks, Southampton have now gone from a stable club who were regularly getting results to a side without a chairman and only two wins in the last ten games.
David Moyes should be looking at this an opportunity to test Southampton’s resolve over Shaw.
The Daily Star believes Chelsea have already made a move for Shaw which may well be true but Moyes simply has to do everything in his power to try and lure Shaw to Old Trafford. The fact that Shaw is a Chelsea fan makes it difficult but it doesn’t make it impossible.
Gutted with that news, but would just like to thank Nicola Cortese for everything he has done for me and the club! All the best to him!
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) January 15, 2014
Coentrao’s potential arrival wouldn’t effect anything as he is equally as strong playing left wing as he is left back, so they could both join in January and go straight into our first team squad.
Shaw is going to be England’s long term left back and he can be United’s. Previously, I said that United should go all out to sign Shaw and that stance hasn’t changed. Now that Southampton’s circumstances are up in the air, a strong bid would be a smart move from Moyes.