Luke Shaw’s Manchester United story so far is an odd one. The 22-year-old has shown plenty of promise, but injuries seem to keep knocking him down and that’s obviously not easy to deal with. With games coming thick and fast, surely he’s going to get his chance?
For me, I’d love to see him start against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, and here are a few reasons why it’d make sense to give him the nod.
It’ll be a great confidence booster
This is a man who’ll be feeling down in the dumps after so long out. Mourinho could use this as the perfect opportunity to pick him back up, and get that all-important confidence flowing through his body again.
Shaw has had a poor start to life at Manchester United but he’s still young enough to rectify that. Giving him the chance in such a pivotal fixture would be huge for his development, and it makes sense to me.
He’s the most talented left-back we have
Shaw is a brilliant left-back, there is no getting away from that. He’s quick, strong in the tackle and quite intelligent when positioning himself. He’s by far and away better than both Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian, yet for some reason, the duo seems to have Mourinho’s trust.
In terms of longevity, Shaw can give the Red Devils at least a decade in this league which would be absolutely priceless. He now has to focus on getting his chance and then ensuring he grasps it with both hands.
Ashley Young deserves some rest
Youngy has been superb since his return from injury, but now, he deserves some rest. He’s completed three full games in the last fortnight which must be putting some strain on his body. Let the veteran sit this one out, because we desperately need him for the weekend.
Credit to the former Aston Villa man, by the way. He’s played in some deadly crosses recently; particularly the one against FC Basel in our first Champions League group game.