The Englishman has failed to reassert himself on Jose Mourinho‘s line-up since recovering from an injury in September, making just two appearances from the bench in the Carabao Cup this season.
His continued presence on the periphery at Old Trafford has prompted reports claiming his relationship with Mourinho has completely broken down and that he would seek a January move away.
And according to the Telegraph‘s James Ducker, Arsenal and Chelsea are among several Premier League clubs willing to hand Shaw a lifeline if he continues to struggle for minutes at Man United.
There is a emerging consensus amongst United supporters and pundits alike that Mourinho will need to invest in January if he wants to bridge the current gap between his side and Manchester City, but the 54-year-old has been told by the club that he will have to sell before he buys to keep the club’s wage bill – which grew by 13 per cent this year – in check.
And you can see Shaw being the first – and perhaps only – ‘big’ player Mourinho will be willing to offload in January. Supporters will, no doubt, want to see the Englishman given a run of games first, but in the event of that not materialising then a fresh start elsewhere would be the only logical decision.
Then again, how many big clubs would be willing to take on a player who has only made 32 Premier League appearances in three and a half years?