Luke Shaw ready to return ahead of Boxing Day test

by Richard Laverty

Luke Shaw is ready to hand Louis van Gaal a boost with a possible return against Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

The Manchester United left-back has been missing since November after damaging ankle ligaments against Arsenal but the Manchester Evening News report that several of his team mates could also be ready to return to action.

Shaw was pictured training last Friday ahead of United’s draw with Aston Villa and it would appear the defender is finally ready to take back his position from Ashley Young, who has impressed in his absence.

Louis van Gaal will also hope Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini can play after the midfield pair missed the Villa game. Herrera himself he suffered with a ‘small injury’ whilst Fellaini was ill.

Herrera’s importance to the team appears to increase all the time among supporters when they see their team struggle to create from midfield whilst the Belgian has been a revelation compared to his poor form of last season.

Marcos Rojo suffered a small injury before the Liverpool game whilst Smalling picked up a muscle injury of his own during the Southampton game and whilst both have an outside chance of returning, the games against Spurs or Stoke appear more likely.

United hit their best form with a back four including Smalling and Rojo at the start of the month and a return for both of them would be a further boost to van Gaal.

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