In Focus: £16.2m-rated star to leave Man United on loan

According to The Sun, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will allow Luke Shaw to leave Old Trafford on loan during the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

Once regarded as one of the best young full-backs in European football, Shaw cannot buy a minute of Premier League football for United as things stand.

The 22-year-old has only made two substitute appearances in the EFL Cup this season, and he only featured on 11 occasions in the Premier League during the 2016-17 campaign.

Mourinho has avoided questions surrounding the future of the England international, but according to The Sun, Shaw will be allowed to leave United at the start of 2018.

A number of clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, have been linked with the defender, who is still said to be in the thinking of England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

What has happened to Shaw?

Shaw, who is valued at £16.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, joined United from Southampton in the summer of 2014 – signing a four-year contract with the English giants after arriving for a fee in the region of £30m.

He made 20 appearances during the 2014-15 season, but featured just eight times during the 2015-16 campaign after suffering a double leg fracture.

The Englishman has actually made just 32 Premier League appearances in the last three years, and despite returning to fitness from yet another injury earlier this season, Mourinho has not considered him for Premier League selection.

The fact that United have a problem at left-back makes the Shaw situation even more curious, but it does appear that there is no way back for the full-back at Old Trafford.

One thing is for certain, a number of clubs will be interested in taking him on a short-term deal when the winter transfer window opens for business.