Luke Shaw remains keen on staying with Manchester United and fighting for a place in the first-team despite being ignored by Jose Mourinho for most part of the season thus far.

The Red Devils defender has played just three times this season of which two were off the bench in the Carabao Cup and one was the full 90 minutes during their recent Champions League win over CSKA Moscow.

Shaw has struggled since Mourinho took over and has made just nine appearances in 2017 with the manager reluctant to play him despite being fully fit. The Portuguese questioned the defender's understanding of the game last season, which is said to have strained their relationship.

According to the Mirror, the relationship between the player and Mourinho is said to be on the mend and they are now on talking terms. The United boss is said to be happier with Shaw's attitude and showed that he is willing to select him when he was named in the match day squad for their recent loss against Manchester City.

Ashley Young has been recently preferred at left-back, while Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind were also ahead of Shaw in the pecking order. The England international has been linked with a move away from the club, but is said to want to stay and fight for his place, especially since Mourinho changed his stance in recent weeks.

The 22-year-old is contracted to the club until the summer of 2019 after United took up the option to extend his initial four-year deal by another 12 months. It looks unlikely if he will be handed a new deal as he is yet to completely win over the trust of the manager.

United are said to be open to allowing the defender to leave the club in January, but will be demanding a fee of around £20m ($26.6m) from interested clubs. Newcastle United are said to be keen to take Shaw to St James' Park, but are looking at a loan deal rather than a permanent transfer.

Shaw, meanwhile, is said to be keen to stay and will not allow the club to force him out of the door. According to the Sun, the defender will demand a £5m payout from United if they sell him during the upcoming January transfer window.

The club are said to be willing to pay him a £2m severance package to get him off their wage bill, but their valuation seems some way off the player's.

"Shaw will not make it easy for the club to show him the door in January. The club have one figure in mind while he has another for severance pay. They are way off of each other," an Old Trafford source was quoted as saying by the Sun.

"He wants to get his career moving again, but he is not going to do United a favour if they do try to force him to leave," the source added.

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Luke Shaw (L) impressed during Manchester United's win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League Getty