Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw will reportedly be handed a fresh chance to impress Jose Mourinho in the coming weeks – despite reports he faces being sold in the summer.
Reports on Wednesday claimed United were ready to cash in on Shaw after Mourinho lost patience with the full-back with the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Kieran Tierney both linked with the club.
Having spent 10 months out following the horrific double leg break he sustained in September 2015, the 21-year-old’s comeback this term has understandably been disrupted by minor injuries.
Those issues have restricted his playing time and Shaw has not featured since limping off at half-time during the EFL Cup quarter-final against West Ham seven weeks ago.
A hamstring problem continued to prove troublesome into the New Year but the England international has been training since the start of last week.
Mourinho chose not to select him for the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Hull or in Sunday’s league clash with Liverpool, but it is understood Shaw is set to get his chance to impress Mourinho before a decision on his future is made.
Saturday’s league trip to Stoke is followed by the return leg at Hull, before United’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Wigan and the league match against familiar foes Hull on February 1.
Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind have regularly played at left-back under Mourinho, while Marcos Rojo, who has impressed in central defence recently, can also play there.
Speculation on Wednesday suggested both Arsenal and Tottenham were weighing up moves for the player if United decided to cash in.