Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, is optimistic about Luke Shaw’s return from injury for the upcoming Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday.
Ten Hag shared the positive news with the club’s media team, stating that the 28-year-old defender participated in Friday’s training session and is likely to be in contention for the match at Anfield.
The concern over Shaw’s fitness arose after he exited Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich due to a hamstring issue, sidelining him for the second half.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka took his place, with Diogo Dalot shifting positions.
Remarkably, this setback occurred just over two weeks since Shaw’s return from a prolonged absence due to a thigh muscle injury.
Addressing the broader fitness status of the squad before the Liverpool encounter, Ten Hag confirmed the unavailability of Harry Maguire, who sustained a midweek knock. However, the manager expressed confidence that Maguire’s absence is not a long-term concern.
Regarding Shaw, who earns £150,000 per week, Ten Hag provided encouraging updates, stating, “Luke Shaw, he trained this morning.
So we think he is available for Sunday.”
In other injury updates, Marcus Rashford is set to return for the Liverpool match, offering a positive boost, while Anthony Martial remains on the sidelines.
The availability of Shaw is particularly uplifting for Manchester United, as the team has struggled when right-back Diogo Dalot had to adapt to the left side.
The Old Trafford side faces a challenging fixture against the current Premier League leaders and can benefit significantly from Shaw’s potential return.
As Manchester United grapples with a recent dip in form, having Shaw back in contention provides a valuable asset, especially for a demanding match against the league leaders.