In Focus: Southampton could help Shaw rebuild his career if they sell Bertrand

According to reports in The Mirror, out of favour Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, who is on £80,000 per week at Old Trafford, is eyeing a return to Southampton in January with Saints said to be considering selling Ryan Bertrand to Manchester City.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that Shaw is growing increasingly unhappy with life at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho with his game time limited, and he could look to secure a move away from the Red Devils in the New Year in order to play regularly and reclaim his spot in the England squad ahead of the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Meanwhile, The Mirror says that Saints could be tempted to sell Bertrand to Manchester City if they receive a huge offer, with Citizens boss Pep Guardiola keen as he searches for cover for the injured Benjamin Mendy.

The report adds that an exit for Shaw is more likely in January than next summer as he will only have a year left on his contract by then, with United likely to believe they can get a larger transfer fee for the left-back when the transfer window reopens.

The Mirror also says that the 22-year-old would need to take a pay cut from his £80,000-a-week contract if he wants to make the move to Southampton and be closer to his family home.

How has Shaw done this season?

Despite recovering from a foot injury earlier in the campaign, the left-back has made just two first-team appearances – both in the Carabao Cup – although he did make the substitutes’ bench for the 2-0 win against Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

With Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian all looking to be in front of him in the pecking order at Old Trafford, it seems to be increasingly unlikely that he will turn his United career around under Mourinho.

Would Southampton want him?

If they sold Bertrand, they would certainly be interested.

While they would be concerned about the injury problems and criticism he has received from Mourinho in the past couple of seasons, the south coast outfit will remember how good he was for them and the huge potential he had before he departed for Old Trafford.

Saints would need to be sure that the player’s attitude and diet was right, but they will know that the 22-year-old could easily rebuild his floundering career at St Mary’s.