Manchester United defender pens new long-term contract at Old Trafford

Manchester United defender pens new long-term contract at Old Trafford
Manchester, England, 27th December 2022. Luke Shaw of Manchester United hands over the captains armband to Harry Maguire of Manchester United during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture credit should read: Darren Staples / Sportimage - Photo by Icon sport

Manchester United and England fullback, Luke Shaw, has signed a new four-year deal at Old Trafford. The 27-year-old signed for the club back in 2014 in a £30m move from Southampton and will now remain with them until at least 2027.

Shaw has been excellent for United since Erik Ten Hag came through the door and has managed to fend off the challenge of Tyrell Malacia who was brought in the summer to challenge Shaw for the left-back spot. The Englishman has played 36 times in all competitions for Erik Ten Hag this season and has provided six assists for his teammates.

Speaking about his decision to commit to his future to the club, Shaw said:

“Nine years ago I signed for this amazing club, and I’m thrilled to be extending my stay. I’ve grown immensely since coming to Manchester all those years ago, both as a person and as a player; I know what is needed to succeed at a club like this.

We’re at the beginning of our journey under the manager and his coaching staff. We’ve been successful already this season, but we want much more. There’s a great opportunity to create something special here, and I’m going to give everything to be part of that.”

A turbulent nine years

The fullback has had a rollercoaster of a career since moving to United as a teenager. He got off to a rocky start under Louis van Gaal, the man who signed him, before starting his second season at the club in blistering form. Unfortunately, Shaw then suffered a horrendous leg break in a Champions League game with PSV and was ruled out for over a year.

After the leg break, there were doubts about whether he would ever return to professional football, particularly after it was revealed that he nearly lost the leg as a result of the challenge. However, he did eventually return under Jose Mourinho.

His relationship with Mourinho was sour with the Portuguese boss taking repeated digs at the defender about his professionalism and concentration. If Mourinho had continued at Old Trafford then Shaw almost certainly wouldn’t have amassed as many as 249 appearances for the club.

He enjoyed good spells under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, particularly after the Norweigan brought Alex Telles to the club, but has arguably played his best football for the Red Devils under the current boss, Erik Ten Hag. The Dutchman has even trusted Shaw at centre back a couple of times, proving just how much belief he has in the defender.

So far, Shaw has won an FA Cup, a Europa League, and two Carabao Cups during his time at United and will be hoping he can add more titles in the next few years.

“A massively important player”

Manchester United’s Football Director, John Murtough has spoken about the defender’s importance to the team after agreeing the deal with Shaw’s agent. He said:

“Luke is a massively important player to the squad and has grown into one of the best defenders in the world. He has been at the club for nearly a decade and understands the expectations for success, and the hard work, commitment and high standards required to achieve it.

He has added leadership to his other outstanding abilities, and we all look forward to seeing him in a Manchester United shirt for years to come.”

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