When Luke Shaw arrived at Manchester United from Southampton back in 2014, the sky seemed the limit for the teenage defender.
The English left-back had enjoyed a sensational spell with the Saints in the Premier League and a move to the country's most successful side seemed the natural route for him to reach his full potential.
Sadly, he has failed to progress at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho seemingly taking a particularly dislike to the full-back.
Louis van Gaal failed to properly integrate him into the side and now, after several injury setbacks, Shaw's future looks certain to be away from United.
Daley Blind has made the left-back position his own so far in 2017/18 and Mourinho may now have to find a way of using Shaw to his advantage.
However, this doesn't mean he'll be looking to use him on the pitch, oh no, instead, the Portuguese coach could use Shaw as a potential bargaining chip to complete a deal he missed out on this summer.
It was well known that United were keen on signing Tottenham's Danny Rose and Mourinho is prepared to go back in for the left-back in January and will look to include Shaw in any potential deal, according to the Mirror.
Mauricio Pochettino was the man at Southampton who allowed the Englishman to flourish and he is said to still be a big fan.
Back in April, Mourinho was on the attack over Shaw's commitment in training, saying that he compared unfavourably to the other players at the club.
"I cannot compare the way he trains and commits, the focus, the ambition. He is a long way behind," he said, per BBC.
Their relationship supposedly became more positive towards the latter stages of the campaign but it still seems clear that Shaw will be offloaded.
Rose has hinted he is keen on a move to United, with the 27-year-old saying in an interview with The Sun back in August: “Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal.
“Sorry, that’s not what I am about. I wouldn’t be happy with that. I want to win something.
“I will say this too — I will play up north. I don’t know exactly when, but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere."
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