Unloved by Mourinho, Manchester United outcast is ideal replacement for West Ham struggler
COMMENT By Danny Wright
West Ham are an ambitious club that is moving in the right direction.
They have a fine manager, a sparkling new stadium and their fans demand that their club is respected as one of the bigger clubs in the Premier League.
However there are some areas of the West Ham squad that still need improving.
Aside from the obvious striker issue, the Hammers are in need of a new left-back.
Aaron Cresswell has had a very poor season at the London Stadium, especially after making such an impact last year.
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The 27-year-old has not looked steady when his defensive skills are called upon and with Arthur Masuaku as the only available back-up, who doesn’t seem to be able to cope with the ambition that the Hammers are trying to reach.
West Ham should look no further than Manchester United’s Luke Shaw to sort out this problem.
The former Saints left-back is one of the Premier League’s best in his position and he is criminally underused by Jose Mourinho.
Shaw has struggled with injuries in his spell at Old Trafford, most notably when he suffered a horrific leg break in 2015 against PSV, however he is available for selection at the moment but is barely used at all by the Portuguese boss – just 14 times this season in all competitions.
He was publicly blamed by Mourinho earlier in the season for a mistake which led to a goal against Watford and Shaw has struggled for forgiveness ever since.
It would be a crying shame to see such a talent player waste away in the United reserves, which is another reason why West Ham should rescue the England international.
Shaw has not had many chances to shine at Old Trafford as he has been in and out of a side that has been chopped and changed by different managers and has seen massive tactical overhauls, yet he is still held in high regard by those who look on from outside of the club.
His move from St. Marys in 2014 saw him become the most expensive teenager in football history when United splashed £30million to sign him.
Despite the hefty price-tag three years ago, the Hammers may be able to cut that fee down quite a lot given his lack of first-team chances Old Trafford.
If West Ham want to continue to see their reputation of a club continue to rise in England, as well as in Europe, Shaw is the man that they need.
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