Manchester United round-up: Shaw's future unclear; Jones ban appeal ditched; Mourinho discusses transfer market
Luke Shaw could only have months left to save his Manchester United career, according to the Mirror, with the club unlikely to allow him to run his deal down or even allow him to be sold in a cut price deal next summer when he will have just 12 months left on his contract.
United took up an option to extend the deal until 2019 but no talks are currently planned to discuss an extension. Shaw is currently recovering from ankle ligament surgery and has featured in two under 23 matches already this season and could feature against Arsenal’s equivalent side on Friday.
He could soon come into contention and ease selection problems in defence, with the Manchester Evening News saying that the club have withdrawn their appeal for Phil Jones’ suspension for European competitions. Jones was suspended after abusing a doping official after the Europa League final victory in May.
Jones will now not be available for the Champions League group stage game against Basel with Eric Bailly also suspended. The Ivory Coast international is still serving a ban for his sending off in the semi-final of last year’s competition for violent conduct in a fracas against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told The Times that the club’s intelligence in the transfer market saved his club huge amounts of money, as much as £90 million on the signings of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic. The Portuguese manager explained:
“I think we were very clever. We thought that something could happen that could change the market forever. After Neymar everything changed — and for the worse in terms of prices. I think Lukaku on August 31 would have been £150 million. Matic would have been £60 million or £70 million. Neymar changed everything.”
Lukaku’s arrival at the club was one of the first big moves of this summer’s transfer window, though it is hard to know just how accurate Mourinho’s claims would be in a hugely inflated market.
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