Manchester United Receive Some Brilliant Injury News
After being hit with an injury blow to Paul Pogba in midweek, there appears to be some decent news for Manchester United on the injury front.
Luke Shaw, a popular figure amongst United fans, has been on the sidelines for a while now - with his last first-team appearance coming against Swansea in a 1-1 draw on 30 April, when he lasted just 10 minutes and was forced off with an ankle problem.
The Southampton youth product was on crutches for the Europa League final triumph over Ajax in May, and was not involved in United's pre-season tour
Encouragingly, though, he has been playing for Ricky Sbragia's U23 side, making three appearances. He was not involved in Monday's PL 2 fixture with Chelsea, however, and it would seem to suggest that Shaw is in line to make a return to the first-team fold against Burton in Wednesday's EFL Cup tie at Old Trafford.
He has slowly but surely improved his fitness levels and now looks to be in contention for first-team fixtures as the games come thick and fast for United.
Jose Mourinho recently said that Shaw is fit and available for selection. As quoted by The Mirror, he explained:
"Luke Shaw is not injured anymore so it is a question of form. It's a question of option but he is not injured, he's recovered from his injury."
Should Shaw start, or even be involved in Wednesday's game, it will be a huge achievement for a guy whose United career has been plagued by persistent injuries and frequent criticism from Mourinho.
The two held a clear the air meeting at the back-end of last season though, with Shaw revealing that he told Mourinho he would "prove him wrong".
"When I first came to United there was a lot of discussion about me and that was hard, it was something that was new to me," he said, as quoted by The Manchester Evening News.
"I was used to positive feedback and comments in the media but coming to United everything changed, there was negativity.
"I took that badly and it knocked me down a bit but this time I've come back wanting to fight and I want to prove everyone wrong.
"At the end of my meeting with the manager I said 'I'm going to prove you wrong'. I believe and want to do that, not just for myself but for the fans that have been behind me and supported me through this time."
It'll certainly be nice to see Shaw back in a first-team fixture as he looks to get his career back on track.
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