Southampton supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side produce another below-par display to draw 1-1 with Brighton last time out in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into their meeting with the Seagulls having won three of their opening nine league matches yet only managing eight goals in that time, but they soon made it nine as Steven Davis gave them a seventh minute lead at the AMEX Stadium. However, the Saints were unable to grab the crucial second and were subsequently made to pay when Glenn Murray headed home Pascal Gross’ fine cross seven minutes into the second half, thus securing a deserved point for Chris Hughton’s side.
Thus, several of our resident Southampton fans have been reacting with displeasure to Sunday’s clash, yet they are likely to be intrigued and perhaps surprised by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which suggests that Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw is seeking a possible return to St Mary’s in January.
The 22-year-old left Southampton to join the Red Devils back in 2014 but has struggled to nail down a regular place in the Red Devils starting eleven, which has become even more difficult since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club last year.
Injuries haven’t helped the England international, and with a World Cup fast approaching and Shaw seemingly way down on Gareth Southagte’s pecking order, it seems that the left-back is looking to end his United misery in the New Year.
And reports suggest that the 22-year-old could be on his way back to Southampton, in a move which could well help him return to his best level, and thus produce the goods for both club and country for many years to come.
Landlord’s verdict: It just hasn’t worked out for Luke Shaw at Manchester United, with a nasty injury back in 2015 as well as an evidently strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho combining to make his time in the North West a particularly tricky one.
But the 22-year-old knows that he has the ability to stake a claim for Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup next summer, although first team football and getting back to his previously high standards is surely the only way he can get on that plane to Russia.
And reports suggest that he may be on his way back to Southampton in January over three years on from leaving St Mary’s for Old Trafford, in a move which certainly appears to be in the best interests of Shaw, but whether it’s in the best interests of the Saints is far from certain.
Southampton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!