David McDonnell from The Mirror has become the latest journalist to put his neck on the line by saying there was ‘no doubt’ that Luke Shaw was going to join Manchester United after the World Cup.
Speaking on MUTV, McDonnell was certain the confirmation of a Shaw deal was a case of when and not if.
Previous reports from Mark Ogden on MUTV also said it was only a matter of time before Shaw moved to Old Trafford, claims which have been supported by the likes of Ian Ladyman from the Daily Mail and Ben Smith from the BBC.
When it comes to United, McDonnell had sources within the club which led him to being banned for leaking the team news hours before kick-off on more than one occasion last season and Ogden has a proven track record with United’s biggest stories.
Not signing Shaw before the World Cup is far from ideal but there may have been some mitigating circumstances in this scenario regarding the uncertain future of the now ex-Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino as well as many other players that could have delayed United’s pursuit of Shaw.
Generally, when so many established journalists and newspapers put their name to the same story, the information is solid.
As it stands, Shaw really does look like he’ll be joining United bar a catastrophe in the final stages of negotiation but United fans won’t count their chickens until Shaw is smiling with a United shirt in his hands.