Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has provided a positive update on defensive duo Luke Shaw and Ashley Young stating that they will return to competitive action with the Under 23 squad.
The pair were injured in the backend of the previous season, but they still travelled with their teammates for pre-season with Mourinho stating the necessity of team bonding.
Both Shaw and Young participated in a six-a-side game following United’s 4-0 triumph over West Ham United in the Premier League opener, and Mourinho has now confirmed that the duo will earn some valuable playing time when the Under 23s take on Swansea City at the Leigh Sports Village on Monday night.
Mourinho told MUTV: “Everybody is fine. The next week, on Monday, in the Under-23s game, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are playing their first minutes of competition this season. It is like a pre-season match for them. But it is good news because, when they can play with the Under-23s, it is because the last week they trained with us all week so they are both coming [back].”
Shaw suffered damage on his left foot during the 1-1 draw against Swansea City in the Premier League in late April while Young suffered his hamstring strain just a few days later after he broke down during the semi-final tie against Celta Vigo.
Mourinho currently has likes of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian to occupy the left side of the defence, but he could do with the presence of Shaw and Young, who are both aggressive with their style of play. The Red Devils have made a bright start to the campaign with a convincing 4-0 triumph over West Ham United, and they will hope to go on a long winning streak in order to get a headstart over their close rivals in the Premier League hunt.