Erik ten Hag is about to use brand new partnership in Manchester United's defence
Jose Mourinho famously said Luke Shaw used 'his body with my brain' in an extraordinary press conference in 2017.
"21 is old enough to have a better understanding. He has a future here but Manchester United can't wait," a disgruntled Mourinho added following a stalemate against Everton at Old Trafford.
Mourinho had already questioned Shaw's commitment and focus and he'd been left out of the squad altogether in the previous game against West Brom, leaving question marks surrounding his future.
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Shaw seemed destined to leave United with Mourinho in charge, but he survived that period and overcoming adversity has been a theme of his career considering the physical and mental challenges he's faced.
The horrific double leg fracture Shaw suffered against PSV Eindhoven in 2015 would curtail most players' ability and it's remarkable he's been able to enjoy the best football of his career since returning from that injury.
It seems hyperbolic but Shaw was regarded by many as the best left-back in the world in the 2020/21 season and although his form dipped in the following campaign, he got back to his best playing for Erik ten Hag.
Shaw was exceptional last season and he made an effortless transition to playing at centre-back in December when he was asked to play there, with Lisandro Martinez absent after World Cup glory.
"We’ve got a lot of world-class centre-backs here, but I’m not going to lie I’ve been really enjoying it. It’s something very different and something I’ve not experienced before," Shaw said after his second game in that role.
"I’ve played at centre-back but in a three