Luke Shaw extends contract with Manchester United

Luke Shaw, according to reports, extended his contract with Manchester United before the beginning of the current season.

The left-back has striven hard to earn a spot in Jose Mourinho’s first team this season, with the Red Devil’s boss telling him to hone his skills if he hopes to be included in the first team.

According to the Sun, he was backed by the club during the course of the summer as an optional extra year was triggered on his deal.

His current contract had been due for expiration at the end of the current campaign, but has now been extended till the end of the 2018-19 season.

Shaw’s season was plagued by injury last time out, with the England international requiring ankle surgery over the summer. He is now fit to play as he made an appearance in the second half of the 4-1 Carabao Cup win over Burton Albion on Wednesday.

“He has to work,” Mourinho said after the Old Trafford victory.. “Just that.

“You saw the game. You saw the same as I see. Are you asking if he plays tomorrow? No, he isn’t.

“He has to work. He has to improve.

“Look, he doesn’t play for six months. I’m not expecting him to arrive on Wednesday and be man of the match or to be running up and down for 45 minutes.

“It’s a process. He doesn’t play for a long time. You have other players in the Premier League who aren’t starting matches, and their managers just say they’re not in the best conditions.

Since his return from injury in last season’s Community Shield, the former Southampton man has started 17 games out of 72 for the Red Devils. This included an extended absence after he broke his leg against PSV In a Champions League group stage clash.

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