Luke Shaw finally ready for Manchester United debut

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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw suffered a slight hamstring strain in the warm-up for last weekend's clash with Leicester City, but that injury concern won't prevent him from making a long overdue debut against West Ham United this weekend.

Shaw's start to life at Old Trafford has been far from ideal, criticised by his new manager Louis van Gaal for not being fully fit before spending the first month of the campaign out with a nagging hamstring complaint.

Van Gaal decided not pick the £27m star from the start against Leicester, but The Telegraph believe that if he comes through training unscathed he'll finally be handed the chance to impress against the Hammers.

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Silver lining to Man United's terrible recent injury record

The news should come as a much-needed boost for United, who are worryingly short of defensive cover and still reeling from a shock 5-3 capitulation at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Young defender Tyler Blackett was sent off in the closing stages of that dismal defeat and will be suspended for the West Ham game, which when combined with Jonny Evans being ruled out through injury means options at centre-back are thin to say the very least.

Phil Jones is also still sidelined and therefore through necessity £16m summer signing Marcos Rojo should be shuffled inside to form an unlikely partnership with Chris Smalling, leaving Shaw free to cover at left-back.

Rojo didn't deliver at left-back against Leicester

Red Devils fans will be desperate for something to look forward to this weekend and Shaw's debut should be something to savour, a quality signing that has largely been forgotten amid the fanfare surrounding Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind.

United desperately need some defensive stability and getting the 19-year-old involved consistently will definitely help, particularly after Rojo struggled so desperately against Leicester.

The starlet already has 60 Premier League appearances and three England caps to his name despite being a teenager for three more months, so don't expect the prospect of an Old Trafford bow to daunt a talent now desperate to prove his worth as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra.

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