LUKE SHAW has been tied down to a new long-term contract at Manchester United – but it appears to have trigged a problem amongst Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Shaw has been in impressive form this season after a troubled first four years at Old Trafford.
A nasty broken leg injury had contributed to some below-par displays during Mourinho’s reign but he’s turned that around this term.
He signed a new five-year contract last month as a reward for the upturn in his performances.
However that’s caused some in the United dressing room to ask questions about their own future.
“I think it has a very unsettling effect, and it’s something Mourinho has no control over”
Football Operations and Communications Consultant Ian McGarry revealed the news on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast.
Speaking about the contract renewal process at Old Trafford, he said: “You’ve got someone like Luke Shaw who does renew having played effectively 25 per cent of games over the four years of his initial contract at Manchester United, who gets a 50 per cent upgrade on his contract because he’s played five good games this season.
“Other players are looking at that and thinking ‘what about me? I’ve been here longer, I’ve done more, I’ve won trophies. Why am I not being offered an upgrade on my contract?’
“I think it has a very unsettling effect, and it’s something Mourinho has no control over.
“And indeed it might be the case that Manchester United need to cut through the wheat from chaff and get rid of players on high earning contracts.
“But you can’t realistically look to recruit eight/nine/ ten players of the quality Manchester United need in one transfer window.”
Fellow podcast guest Duncan Castles added: “I’ve had a discussion in the last couple of weeks with the agent of one of the Manchester United players who specifically referenced Luke Shaw and said ‘you can have half a dozen good games for Manchester United and get a new lucrative five-year contract.
“So agents are aware of the way Ed Woodward acts and aware he doesn’t want players he himself has signed at great fanfare to leave the club.”
Bournemouth vs Man Utd
Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini and Diogo Dalot remain absent as Manchester United travel to Bournemouth.
United captain Valencia has been absent for a month, with manager Jose Mourinho confirming a knee injury will keep him out of today’s trip to the south coast.
Fellaini and Dalot remain out with injuries sustained during the international break, but Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez are back to full fitness. United boss Mourinho did not provide an update on Phil Jones, who last featured for the club on September 25.
Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Grant, Young, Darmian, Shaw, Rojo, Smalling, Bailly, Lindelof, Pogba, McTominay, Herrera, Mata, Matic, Pereira, Fred, Lingard, Sanchez, Chong, Lukaku, Martial, Rashford.