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5 possible summer destinations for Man Utd left-back Luke Shaw

We know for a fact that Jose Mourinho doesn't have the best record when it comes to nurturing young players; hence, it's not surprising how Luke Shaw has gone from being a prized asset at Manchester United to a fringe player.

Mourinho recently said that Shaw is "a long way behind" some of his teammates, thus sparking a host of reactions and transfer rumours.

The young Englishman, though, was handed a little bit of hope after a decent performance against Sunderland on the weekend which attracted some rare praise from Mourinho.

However, it's unlikely that one good game will save his Manchester United career. On that note, here are five possible destinations for Shaw at the end of the season.


Chelsea

Having missed out on Shaw to Manchester United in 2014, Chelsea now have a golden opportunity to sign the England international.

Whilst Chelsea have a strong system; they lack alternatives in certain positions – the wing-back role is one of them.

Despite predominantly being a left-back, Shaw would be capable of playing in a more attacking variation of his natural position.

The 21-year-old is a quick thinker with or without the ball; along with that, he's got decent technical abilities which would see him dominate the left flank at Stamford Bridge in emphatic fashion.

It's also worth noting that Shaw is a Chelsea fan; thus, he'll be inclined to wear his heart upon his sleeve for his beloved Blues should they sign him in the summer.

Marco Alonso has made the left wing-back position his own, but it wouldn't hurt to have a player like Shaw waiting in the wings to replace Alonso whenever the need arises.


Tottenham Hotspur

Shaw's best playing days came at his previous club, Southampton, under the guidance of arguably one of the Premier League's best managers in recent years - Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino is well aware of what Shaw is capable of having coached him at St Mary's; hence, he could be the man to offer the seven-time England international an escape route from Old Trafford.

Tottenham are currently on an upward trajectory. Pochettino has set them on a path to continuous evolution, which is evident in their performances this season.

But with Danny Rose still going strong at Tottenham, Shaw may have to settle for a place on the bench and fight for a first-team spot the old-fashioned way.

Rose, though, could move the other way, to United in the summer with Mourinho reportedly interested in signing the 26-year-old.


West Ham United

West Ham began the season in an abrupt manner, but mid-way into the term, they managed to find some stability. That stability, though, has once again turned into uncertainty and Slaven Bilic will need to bring in some reinforcements in the summer in a bid to avoid this term's failings following the Hammers into next season.

Shaw has already been touted as a potential signing for West Ham by club legend Shaka Hislop who told ESPN in February that a move to the London Stadium would aid the Englishman's career.

Whilst Aaron Cresswell regularly features at left-back for West Ham, Bilic would be more than willing to give Shaw a chance to prove his worth in the side.

If Shaw is unable to usurp Cresswell's place, he could move into a right-back position.


Southampton

Southampton hasn't declined since Shaw left the club in 2014, in fact, they've become a much better side thanks to the continuity ex-boss Ronald Koeman helped to ensure after both his and Pochettino's exits.

Shaw lit up the south coast with his sublime performances during his stay with the Saints. Judging by the fact that Shaw came through Southampton's youth ranks, it makes sense that he'd be interested in re-signing for the club he used to call home.

But would a return in such a swift manner feel like he is going backwards?


Newcastle United

Back in March, the Daily Star reported that Newcastle are open to a move for Shaw if he's made available in the summer transfer market.

The Magpies are poised to return to the Premier League next season after a successful spell in the Championship that is likely to see them secure automatic qualification into the top tier of English football.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will be keen on bolstering their ranks ahead of their anticipated top flight return, and a player of Shaw's ilk could help them reach their aims in their first season back amongst the elite.

Phillip Ekuwem
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