The Manchester United fans have been in buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern of late following their routine victory 2-0 over Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester United took another step towards securing their place in next seasons Champions League on the weekend as they comfortably saw off the challenge of Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford. Romelu Lukaku scored his 19th goal of the season in all-competitions to give the Red Devils a second-half lead before Alexis Sanchez converted the rebound of his own penalty to open his United account and seal the three points.
Sanchez’s performances have been closely scrutinised by the media and supporters alike since he arrived at United from Arsenal last month, so the Chile international will have been relieved to get off the mark. High hopes rest on Sanchez’s shoulders due to the match-winning performances he displayed during his Arsenal career, but he may not prove to be the club’s signing of the season, despite his high-profile arrival.
In terms of long-term ambitions, United will make their most crucial signing of the season this year if they can convince Luke Shaw to agree a long-term contract extension with the club. For a long while, it looked as if Shaw had no future to play at Manchester United whilst Jose Mourinho is manager at the club, but that notion has almost completely been eradicated in recent weeks.
Shaw has completed 90 minutes at left-back in 5 of United’s last 7 Premier League fixtures, and his performances have given Mourinho plenty of reason to suggest that he could finally fulfil his huge potential at the club. However, both Shaw and the club will need to reach an agreement on his future very shortly as his contract is set to expire in the summer.
If Shaw makes the decision to commit his long-term future to the club, then United will have completed their best piece of forward-thinking business of the season. The 22-year-old could potentially perform in the English top-flight for another ten years at the very minimum, so it’s imperative that Mourinho invests his faith in the young star and concludes an excellent piece of business for the club before his contract expires.