There had been various points over the past year and a half when the Portuguese had been fed up with Shaw, often leaving him on the sidelines for extended periods and publicly criticising him.
The expectation was that the left-back would be available for sale in the summer, only to have to go undergo a surgery, and Mourinho still wanted to bring in one of Juventus’ Alex Sandro or Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose, even after the 22-year-old showed a renewed vigour on his return.
Shaw’s improved form has only continued, though, with the United manager said to have been especially impressed by his “application”. Given previous concerns about the player’s fitness, the work he is doing and how sharp he looks has also been noticed.
Mourinho hinted at the new stance last week.
"I'm really happy and, you like the transfer market, I can say in this moment I don't see many left backs better than this Luke Shaw,” the Portuguese said.
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