Manchester United’s preparations ahead of the new season will be well underway, with Jose Mourinho guiding his players to four pre-season victories out of four thus far. All of the while, we’ve been without three key players due to long-term injuries.
Marcos Rojo has been out for a while after suffering ligament damage, and both Ashley Young and Luke Shaw missed the end of the campaign with different problems. Now, manager Mourinho has put a timeframe on their return.
The self-proclaimed Special One has confirmed that Shaw will be the first one back in September, Young will come back, probably in October, whereas Rojo is looking at a return in December time.
“No chance for the beginning of the Premier League, Shaw is the first one to recover, Marcos will be the last one and Ashley in between.” Mourinho told reporters, including the Manchester Evening News.
“So I would say Luke September, Young October, Marcos December, even January, but it’s good to have them.”
“It’s good for them to be with us, to recover with the group and I have to say the group is really strong and really together and, for them, important to be with us than working in Manchester alone.”
These guys really are huge losses; particularly Rojo. The Argentine centre-back was one of our best defenders last season and he began to form an excellent partnership alongside Eric Bailly.
The Shaw situation is an odd one. He’s obviously a talented lad but injuries have often held him back. He just needs that lengthy injury-free run which would hopefully get him past all of the problems.
We all know what Young brings to the table. His versatility is a real asset and I’m glad that he won’t miss too much of the season because he just gives Mourinho another option in several key areas of the field.