Manchester United are preparing to kick-off their Premier League campaign tomorrow afternoon against West Ham at Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho’s side remain active in the transfer market as they aim to bolster their squad.
The Red Devils have already splashed the cash to bring in Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic this summer, improving their options in three key areas, but Mourinho’s work is not yet done as he eyes further recruits.
Tottenham Hotspur full-back Danny Rose has been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and the speculation has raised significantly after the England international’s controversial interview this week, where he stated he wants to win trophies, play up north and believes he should be paid more.
Those comments have opened the door for Manchester United to swoop for the England ace and The Daily Record states Mourinho’s side are considering a swap deal that would see Luke Shaw move to White Hart Lane in return.
22-year-old Shaw has struggled since switching Southampton for the North West in 2014, largely due to a horrific leg break he sustained, and the youngster clashed with Mourinho last season, as the Portuguese boss criticised his fitness levels.
Shaw has struggled to earn regular opportunities since and may be keen on a fresh start. However, Manchester United should consider their options as Shaw has the potential to surpass Rose- and it may end-up being Spurs who get the better end of the bargain.
At his age, Shaw has plenty of time to bounce-back from his injury woes and reach the best of his potential, whereas Rose has probably peaked. In the coming years, it’s likely Shaw will establish himself as England’s first-choice ahead of Rose and he’s already shown he has the ability to be a top-class player.
Jose Mourinho does not have a strong record of developing young talents or putting faith in them, which may prove to be his downfall at Manchester United, but he needs to reconsider his stance here as Shaw could prove to be a vital asset this season.
Tough love has not worked on Shaw and Mourinho now needs to provide an alternative sort of support to Shaw, who would thrive at Tottenham working under a boss like Mauricio Pochettino- who’s known to have faith in young players and get the best out of them.