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Manchester United Left-Back Extends His Stay Until 2027: Good Move For Both Parties?

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Manchester United have confirmed on their official website that Luke Shaw has extended his stay at the Mancunian club until 2027. Shaw expressed his happiness after committing his future and said,

“Nine years ago, I signed for this amazing club, and I’m thrilled to be extending my stay. I’ve grown immensely since coming to Manchester all those years ago, both as a person and as a player; I know what is needed to succeed at a club like this.

“We’re at the beginning of our journey under the manager and his coaching staff. We’ve been successful already this season, but we want much more. There’s a great opportunity to create something special here, and I’m going to give everything to be part of that.”

Shaw’s Decent Numbers At Man United This Season

Shaw is enjoying an impressive season at Old Trafford as he has put in a run of decent displays on the left side of Man United‘s defence. The Kingston-upon-Thames-born talent has featured in 36 matches for the Red Devils during this campaign, netting one goal and picking up six assists in the process across all fronts.

The England international has given a good account of himself on the left flank by averaging 1.8 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 1.8 clearances and 1.3 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 83.4% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Luke Shaw
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 12: Luke Shaw of Manchester United is challenged by Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton FC at Old Trafford on March 12, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Shaw Has Penned A New Contract At Man United: Good Move For Both Parties?

Shaw is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his side at the back. He doesn’t mind clearing his lines when the opposition are on the front foot and can put in a few inviting crosses from the left flank.

The English talent has got the vision to create some inviting chances for his teammates in the final third. He has proven himself to be a reliable performer in Erik ten Hag’s first team this season.

Thus, it makes sense for Man United to extend his contract as he could help the Red Devils challenge for some top honours over the next few years. Shaw deserves credit for nailing down a regular starting spot at Old Trafford and deserves to be rewarded with a fresh contract for his impressive contributions this season.

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