Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw looks set to start the Manchester derby this Saturday despite missing England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia last night.
The 21-year-old withdrew from the national squad and did not travel with the rest of his team-mates to Slovakia after suffering a slight muscular injury in his leg.
New England boss Sam Allardyce confirmed that Shaw had suffered a little ache in his leg but declared that it was not a serious injury and that he should be OK to play for United in the big derby this weekend.
News of Shaw’s injury is not as bad as first feared and will come as a huge sigh of relief to United boss Jose Mourinho who has started the left-back in each of his opening three Premier League games this season.
Shaw has begun the new campaign in impressive form for the Red Devils, consolidating himself as Mourinho’s first choice left-back in the Manchester United side. Having missed the majority of last season through injury, the full-back will undoubtedly be looking to continue his fine start to the season against arch-rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.
With the Portuguese manager likely to adopt his much favoured 4-2-3-1 formation against Manchester City, Mourinho will look to use Luke Shaw at left-back to bomb forward and help create opportunities up front. His attacking threat on the ball, combined with ability to drive forward up the pitch at every given chance makes him a real threat from the back, and a threat that could prove useful to the new United boss on Saturday.
In a game that is likely to be tight, Mourinho will need plenty of pace coming in from the flanks to take on the City backline and get the ball into the box and in Shaw he has someone who can do just that. It doesn’t matter whether it is the first minute of the game or the last, Shaw will always work hard for the team and go to the very end and it’s that alone why he could prove crucial in Manchester United getting a valuable three points against rivals City.
In Luke Shaw, United have one of, if not the best full-back in world football, who at only 21 years of age, has his best footballing days ahead of him. He undoubtedly still has much to learn about the game but from what we have already witnessed, there is no reason why he cannot go on to become Manchester United’s first choice left-back for the next decade.