The Mourinho-Shaw saga


Shaw, though, has been a regular under the Portuguese this season and has made a decision to commit his long-term future to the club he joined from Southampton for a fee thought to be £30million in June 2014.

Shaw, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the summer, has become a regular this season. "I am very proud to sign my new contract and continue my stay at this great club".

"There have been ups and downs".

Sanchez has managed three goals and four assists since joining United, which isn't anywhere close to the return they were hoping for. "I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he'd struggle in this team", he said.

"I went to walk into the first-team dressing room and someone, I think it was one of the kit men, said, 'Josh, sorry mate, but haven't you heard?' I was like, 'no, what's going on?'"

For obvious reasons there is a desire to find parallels between that calamity of a season and the problems facing Mourinho at Manchester United right now.

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"But I worked hard and I wanted to make sure my future was here and to help this club, so I am really happy".

Mourinho has condemned Shaw's attitude and focus in the past while he questioned the tactical awareness of the defender following an FA Cup win over Brighton in March.

Hardly a bad tally but after eight matches of this season Hazard is already half-way to matching that number, an example of what can happen when he is allowed to play to his real potential. "That's what I'm going to be doing".

The Times reports that "Sanchez is growing increasingly frustrated" at United and under Mourinho, with his two main issues being a lack of game time and the team's negative approach.

Shaw's struggles dated back to his horrific leg break against PSV Eindhoven in a Champions League game in September 2015 which kept him out until April of the following year and at times left him wondering if he would ever play again.

Here, we trace how one of English football's brightest young talents escaped from the crosshairs and got back on track.