Manchester United star Luke Shaw snubbed again, must be Newcastle United's #1 transfer target

United player Luke Shaw in action during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on April 9, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw should be Newcastle's top priority in January.

United player Luke Shaw in action during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on April 9, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw was named on the bench last night in the Carabao Cup, missing out on a rare starting opportunity.

Shaw has not been in favour ever since Jose Mourinho took over, and the cup game against Swansea City was an opportunity for him to get his first start of the campaign, but he was left out once again.

This snub should give Newcastle United all the encouragement they need to make Shaw their number one transfer target in January.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Burton Albion at Old Trafford on September 20, 2017 in Manchester, England.

The Daily Star reported earlier in 2017 that Newcastle were keen on Luke Shaw, but no move materialised.

Now with the club set to get a major cash boost from a reported takeover, a move for Shaw is more viable financially.

From a sporting perspective it is an excellent fit.

Shaw would get the chance to play regularly again for a club which has a need of reinforcements at left-back, in front of a passionate fan base who can help encourage him to get back to his best.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

He would enjoy playing under a respected and defensive astute coach like Rafa Benitez, and a late shot at making the 2018 World Cup squad is not impossible if he ends the season strongly.

Shaw, 22, went to the last World Cup with England but injuries and a lack of confidence have halted his progress.

A move to Newcastle may be perfect for all parties, and last night only reinforced the view that his future does not lie at Old Trafford.

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