But having endured a dismal summer transfer window, during which only Marouane Fellaini arrived at Old Trafford, despite attempts to sign Baines, Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham's Gareth Bale, United are wary of becoming embroiled in another protracted saga with Southampton for Shaw.
United have been made aware of Southampton’s determination to hold on to Shaw, with the south coast club’s executive chairman, Nicola Cortese, preparing to reject all interest. But with Chelsea already in the market for the player, Moyes and Old Trafford chief executive Ed Woodward accept that they may be forced to move for the England Under-21 defender next month.

Although Moyes has yet to publicly end his interest in Baines, the Scot has been given no indication that the player or Everton will unlock the door to a move next month.

Everton rejected bids of £12 million and £15 million from United for the 29-year-old earlier this year and although Baines is understood to have been keen to move to Old Trafford, he resisted the opportunity to submit a transfer request to force the transfer through.