The Manchester United fans were feeling optimistic in the Transfer Tavern last weekend after they closed the gap on Manchester City to 13 points and extended their advantage over Liverpool to 5 points.
Jose Mourinho’s side recorded a routine 2-0 victory over Huddersfield on Saturday courtesy of second-half strikes from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford. Their result has move the Red Devils closer to Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League, but the prospect of catching their local-rivals remains almost impossible even considering the January arrival of Sanchez.
United experienced a relatively quiet transfer window last month despite a flurry of speculation in the British media which linked the Red Devils with a whole host of players from across Europe. One player who United have been regularly linked with since the summer transfer window of 2017 is Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose (valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt) who has remained in North-London following the January window.
Prior to the window plenty of United supporters (as well as the club it seems according to reports) were eager to see Rose arrive at Old Trafford to fill the vacant left-back spot, but the emergence of Luke Shaw in the past 6 weeks suggests Mourinho made a wise decision to abandon his pursuit of Rose.
Shaw has now played 90 minutes in 5 out of United’s previous 7 Premier League fixtures – a fact which suggests the former Southampton prospect has finally earned the trust of his manager. Throughout his recent appearances Shaw has looked sharp, determined and full of quality, and if he continues to improve in the same vein there is every chance he could finally become the complete full-back he was once widely tipped to become.
Meanwhile at Tottenham, Rose has made just 5 appearances in the Premier League all season due to a combination of injuries and competition for places with Ben Davies at left-back. Rose has spent the majority of the past year on the sideline – a factor which could influence the quality of his performances when he eventually returns to full fitness – so a big-money move for his services would have represented an unnecessary risk for United.
Rose is undoubtedly one of the best left-backs in the Premier League when he is fully fit, but United’s decision to ultimately to end their interest was a shrewd move considering his injury problems and the recent emergence of Luke Shaw.