Ever since his arrival at Manchester United in the summer of 2016, Jose Mourinho has seemed to have a bit of an agenda against Luke Shaw.
The English left-back has endured an indifferent spell at Old Trafford since his mega-money from Southampton in 2014 as a raw teenager.
If anything, the defender has regressed up north, picking up a number of serious injuries and constantly looking out of form when he does manage to get out on the pitch.
Towards the end of 2016/17, Mourinho did give Shaw some crucial game time, however, his spell in the side was brought to a premature end when he picked up yet another knock in the 1-1 draw with Swansea.
This season, he has barely featured, making his first appearance of the campaign in the 4-1 victory over Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup.
Shaw came on at half-time and performed pretty poorly, with Phil Neville saying that he 'coasted' through the game.
To be fair, it is certainly difficult to have a big impact after returning from injury but his work ethic was a tad below-par.
Mourinho also suggested that improvement is needed but there is one thing that he has done which shows he believes the left-back has a future with the Red Devils.
As revealed by Sun Sport, the Special One has chosen to extend Shaw's contract until 2019.
Clearly, he still wants him at the club or, he has activated the extra year in order to recoup more money if he chooses to sell.
Nevertheless, it appears he wants to give him game time, saying last week: "Look, he doesn't play for six months. I am not expecting him to arrive on Wednesday and to be man of the match or to be running up and down for 45 minutes.
"It's just a process. He doesn't play for a long, long time.
"You have other players in the Premier League that in this moment who are not starting matches and their managers just say 'they're not in the best conditions'.
"And we're speaking about some of the best players of the Premier League. I heard last week the Chelsea manager saying that, I heard Arsenal manager said that.
"The players are not in their ideas, in their analysis, they're not in the best form after important injuries and long time without playing.
"Luke had surgery and a long time without playing football. I cannot expect him to be back and to be strong, strong, strong in his work."
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