Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is ready to hand Jose Mourinho an injury boost with the defender said to be willing to play though the pain in tomorrow’s clash with Leicester City at Old Trafford.
Shaw suffered a slight groin tear in United’s 3-1 defeat to Watford last Sunday and was expected to face a lengthy spell on the side-lines, however according to reports Shaw does not want to take any time off to recover from his injury and instead wants to play through the pain against the foxes.
The 21-year-old was recently criticised by Mourinho for his performance against Watford with the Portuguese blaming him for Igalho’s second half goal.
Shaw has started each of United’s opening five league games under Mourinho after missing the majority of last season through injury. His ability to bomb forward combined with excellent work rate makes him a real talent for United and one which the new United boss will no doubt be looking to use against Leicester tomorrow should he feel Shaw is fit enough to play.
Shaw’s ability to burst on up the field gives undoubtedly gives United an extra edge going forward and without him do simply not possess the same attacking threat from the back. Daley Blind is an adequate replacement for Shaw whilst Rojo can do a job but they are not in the same class as Shaw. At just twenty one years of age the former Southampton man stands as one of the finest left-backs in world football who could potentially go on to become the club’s first choice left-back for the next decade. He is a player crucial to United’s future but ever more so a player who is crucial to Jose Mourinho right now.
Tomorrows clash with Leicester City is without question is huge game. It allows United the early chance to close the gap on leaders to Manchester City to just three points and in doing so help the club get back to winning ways in the league. Even a seventy five percent fit Luke Shaw is arguably better than a 100 percent fully fit Marcus Rojo and should Mourinho take a chance and hand Shaw a start against Leicester City his inclusion could prove to be the significant different in United getting the three points.