Luke Shaw is set to return for Manchester United and could be included in the match-day squad to face Stoke City this weekend.
The Telegraph’s James Ducker reports that if Shaw isn’t involved this weekend away at Stoke then he will definitely return during the EFL Cup semi-final second leg at Hull City as well as the FA Cup Fourth Round tie with Wigan Athletic.
Shaw hasn’t featured for Man United since the end of November and we’ve certainly struggled at left-back all season long so it is a key area Jose Mourinho needs to improve. All United fans are keen to see Shaw given more opportunities and it looks like those are coming very soon.
After his serious injury last year, I think Shaw should be afforded a lot more patience than most. It was a career threatening injury which happened to a young player in his first ever UEFA Champions League appearance, there are going to be mental scars and they take time to heal. Shaw’s potential is phenomenal and United have got to give him the platform to maximise that.
Mourinho is a manager who demands perfection and Shaw certainly has his work cut out to earn his place as United’s first-choice left-back but I think he’s more than capable of it. What he’s got to do is grasp his next opportunities with both hands and show Mourinho he simply can’t leave him out.
Against Liverpool, we desperately missed an overlapping threat from the full-back spot on the left-hand side which meant Anthony Martial had no outlet when surrounded by three or four defenders. When Shaw is fully fit, he’ll be able to offer that threat but have the energy to get back in defence straight after as well.
For me, the modern day full-back is the hardest in football and finding world class ones are difficult. In Shaw we’ve got an unpolished diamond whose already shown his potential previously and what United have got to do now is polish the edges to bring the best out of him. There’s certainly no way I’d consider Shaw a sellable player at this stage.