Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan winning Liverpool fitness race

by Sam Peoples

Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are winning the race to be fit in time for Manchester United’s game with Liverpool on Monday.

Both players have been sidelined with injuries and remained at Carrington during the international break to work on their rehabilitation under the watchful eye of Man United’s medical team.

By the sounds of it, United’s efforts to get Shaw and Mkhitaryan fit for our Anfield trip look to be paying off which would be a really timely boost.

Daley Blind has been excellent for United in Shaw’s absence but he’ll be needed to play at either centre-back or in central midfield against Liverpool due to the fact we need our best ball players in the middle, allowing us to keep as much possession as possible up against what will be a high pressing Liverpool team. So, that’s why Shaw’s return would be such a boost. Not only would it give us a better defensive option to face the tricky and pacy Sadio Mane but it would allow Blind to play through the middle.

As for Mkhitaryan, I think he’s best suited to play No.10 in this game because we need a player who has both the energy and tenacity to make a rugged midfield three with Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba, and somebody who can thread a pass through tight spaces. Nobody can do that better than Henrikh on paper but whether he is fit remains to be seen.

It’s difficult to predict United’s starting XI as so much depends on injuries but I’d have both Shaw and Mkhitaryan in my team if they are available.

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