Could Shaw Return this Weekend?

Luke Shaw has been deemed fit for Manchester United after suffering a ligament injury playing against Swansea last April and could return against Everton this weekend.

Shaw has been out for 4 and half months since coming off injured with ligament damage in the 1-1 draw at home to Swansea at the end of last season. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation over the left back position at Man Utd with no-one making it their own. It’s almost like we’re waiting for Shaw to regain the form he had before his leg break almost two years ago. We know it’s in there somewhere!
Pre-Match Press Conference (Everton) –

On being asked if Luke Shaw was fit, Mourinho responded:

“He is not injured anymore. He has recovered.”

So far this season, Shaw has been proving fitness with the U23’s; he played the majority of the match in the 1-1 draw against Swansea and full 90 minutes in the 3-0 and 2-0 losses to Spurs and Arsenal reserves respectively.

Shaw looked very promising in his first match back against Swansea, surging runs forward and loved to get involved with the heavy challenges at the back. Very brave performance from someone who’s only just come back from injury. However, he didn’t have the best of times in his outings against Spurs and Arsenal as he was largely responsible for the third goal against Spurs, picking up a yellow card in the same game and he looked out of position playing as a centre-half against Arsenal. His fitness proved to be no issue in any of these games and no signs of the injury rearing its ugly head.

The matches in the U23’s were to make sure he could last a full match without any injury concerns, and therefore may be reintroduced to the first team on the bench this weekend. If he plays a part this weekend, hopefully we’ll see him starting in the mid-week match at home against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup.

Jason Bowditch

Supported United since the days of the yellow and green Sharp Jersey! Looking forward to Jose taking us back to the glory days of old. We're stepping in the right direction. Exciting times! Come on the lads!

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