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United Start Talks Over New Contract
Saturday, Jan. 9
Alex Stevens of Football Insider reported the Red Devils have "opened preliminary discussions with Shaw’s representatives about a five-and-a-half-year contract on the same basic £8 million-a-year terms as his current package."
In an exclusive, Stevens claims United are working early to avoid Shaw's future becoming uncertain during the final two years of his current deal. His contract is set to expire in 2018, although it also includes a provision to extend for another 12 months.
Old Trafford decision-makers clearly want more long-term security for one of the potential stars of United's future.
Shaw has so far struggled to deliver on that promise. Injuries have blighted the 20-year-old since he moved from Southampton in 2014.
Signed for £27 million that summer, Shaw is currently recovering from a broken leg suffered at the start of United's 2015-16 UEFA Champions League campaign.
The injury cruelly interrupted the development Shaw showed at the end of last season when he was one of United's better players. Quick and intelligent going forward, as well as resolute and athletic defensively, Shaw has all the tools to be United and England's left-back of choice for a decade.
By working on a new deal so soon, the Red Devils are proving they are clearly still firm believers in Shaw's ability to one day reach that lofty potential.
They certainly know how costly his absence is proving. United still find themselves having to deploy wingers such as Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in full-back berths too often.
Considering how threadbare the rest of the club's options at full-back are, committing to Shaw is a risk worth taking for the Reds.