Potters boss will not stand in the way of Old Trafford return.
Tony Pulis admits Stoke won’t stand in Ryan Shawcross’ way should Manchester United or another top four club come calling.
The Potters star is tied down to a deal at the Britannia until 2014, but some recent impressive performances for Pulis’ side has led to speculation about his future.
The 25-year-old moved to Stoke from United in 2008 when the Red Devils’ squad was heavy on central defenders.
Now that situation has changed dramatically and reports suggest Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to recapture the England Under-21 star.
And Potters chief Tony Pulis admits he’s ‘hoping and praying’, rather than expecting, the defender will see out his career with the club.
“If we do a deal there will be no one more pleased than myself,” he said of the six-year contract offered to Shawcross.
“We’re hoping and praying Ryan will be a Stoke player for the rest of his life. But if a top-three, top-four club came in, and they paid the money, there is no way in a million years we would be able to prevent Ryan from going.
This may well be the green light Sir Alex Ferguson needs to make an offer for Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, a player he perhaps mistakenly allowed to leave the club four and a half years ago.
The Chester born defender spent six years at Man United but failed to make the grade, securing just two first team run-outs before his £1m move to Stoke City back in January 2008.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have been horrific in defence this term but still sit top of the Premier League table due to the fact that Man United’s attack have been able to adopt the policy of scoring more than they ship in, but clearly this is not an ideal situation to be in.
Injuries to Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic have left Man United having to use off form Rio Ferdinand alongside Jonny Evans and at times have even had to use Micheal Carrick as a makeshift centre-back. Therefore it’s no surprise that Ferguson would consider re-signing Shawcross.
Since his move to the Potters Ryan Shawcross has racked up 210 appearances and been a virtual ever present over the course of six seasons at Stoke City.
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