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Luke Shaw set to be fit for Southampton clash

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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw looks set to be fit for the club's Premier League showdown with rivals Southampton on Sunday, according to the Guardian.

The 19-year-old full-back, who has endured a number of injury problems throughout his debut campaign at Old Trafford, picked up another knock during United's 2-0 victory against League One outfit Yeovil Town in the FA Cup third round this past weekend. 

Early fears 

And it was initially feared that the England international suffered a similar ankle problem that kept him out of action for a month before the turn of the year. 

It appears, then, that Shaw only picked up a minor knock on Sunday, meaning he should now be fit to face his former side this weekend. 

There's no doubt about it, with United's troubles at the back throughout the campaign so far, fans of the Red Devils will be pleased by the news that Shaw looks set to make the starting XI. 

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With Ashley Young also out of action, United certainly look vulnerable down the left hand side of the pitch, so Shaw looks set for an integral role once again on Sunday. 

Key role 

Shaw will no doubt be looking to put his injury problems behind him and kick on in the second half of the season. In truth, he's yet to find his best form since completing a move to the Theatre of Dreams this past summer, but certainly looks set to become a key player under Van Gaal over the coming years. 

He will no doubt be looking to prove that by putting in a strong performance against the Saints in this weekend's showdown. 

Team news 

As well as Shaw, Argentine superstar Angel di Maria should be in contention for a starting role after returning to the side in style against Yeovil Town. The ex-Real Madrid man doubled United's lead as he hit the League One outfit on the break after a fine ball from club captain Wayne Rooney. 

Dutchman Robin van Persie, meanwhile, should start in attacking after being handed a rest in the club's last outing, whilst it remains to be seen as to whether the likes of James Wilson and Radamel Falcao drop to the bench. 

Manchester United fans: How important will Shaw be for your club over the coming years? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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