When Manchester United signed Luke Shaw for £30 million back in 2014, the Red Devils thought they wouldn’t have to worry about the left-back position for at least another 10 years.
Shaw was just 18 when he arrived at Old Trafford and had already played Premier League football at Southampton.
However, three years on, and it looks as though his future at Old Trafford is nearing an end.
Shaw has been hit with injury problems since the move - including a sickening leg break in the Champions League back in 2015. As a result, he’s played in just 32 league matches in three-and-a-half seasons.
And he hasn’t exactly got a manager that is willing to sympathise with him.
Jose Mourinho has often criticised Shaw’s attitude and, after the win against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup earlier this season, he insisted that Shaw needs to improve.
"He has to work,” Mourinho said.
"You [media] saw the [Burton] game, you saw the same as I see, so are you asking if he plays tomorrow? No, he is not playing tomorrow. He has to work. He has to improve.”
But still, despite having to call upon Ashley Young to play in a left wing-back role, Mourinho is refusing to play Shaw.
The decision Mourinho has made
Naturally, questions are now being asked about Shaw’s future.
And a report in The Times on Saturday has revealed where Shaw’s future lies.
They write: “Manchester United are ready to sell Luke Shaw for about £20 million once the transfer window reopens.”
Despite clubs such as Fenerbahce wanting to take the Englishman on loan, “United want to offload him on a permanent basis, preferably in January.”
Mourinho has made it clear that he no longer has a future at the club and is keen to recoup the majority of the money the club paid for him back in 2014.
So, it seems it’s unlikely that we’re going to see Shaw in a United shirt ever again and he’ll be shown the door next month.