Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that teenage full-back Luke Shaw is ready to feature against QPR this weekend after his long injury lay-off.
In the Dutchman's pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's clash with the Premier League new-boys, Van Gaal has revealed that the youngster could make his competitive debut for the club against the Hoops.
Shaw's imminent return will prove a huge boost for the Red Devils who have struggled to adapt to Van Gaal's system so far this season. United have looked vulnerable at the back, and Shaw will look to improve the club defensively.
It remains to be seen as to whether Shaw will start this weekend, but Van Gaal's comments indicate that the youngster may only feature from the bench. In his press conference - as tweeted by the club - the United's boss said: "Luke Shaw is fit enough to play some minutes."
Deserves key role
Manchester United fans should certainly be excited by the potential debut of Shaw this weekend. In fact, the youngster deserves to play a key role at Old Trafford this term, as he fits Louis van Gaal's system perfectly.
There's no doubt about it, Shaw is the best wing-back at the club: he's class in defence and in attack, so is an ideal candidate for the role. He's certainly better equipped than Ashley Young down the left hand side of the pitch.
Young has struggled to make an impact in the opening few games of this campaign, despite being one of the stars of United's fine pre-season. Shaw, then, in time, could be the first name on Van Gaal's team sheet.
In recent weeks - with United failing to secure a first competitive victory under the Louis van Gaal regime - the team have struggled to open teams up. Despite having Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young in the full-back positions, United have also struggled out-wide.
Crosses into the box have been virtually non-existent at times - especially quality ones. But, Shaw - who is still learning the game himself - is extremely composed when going forward, and can deliver a fine ball into the box.
As mentioned he's perfect for the 3-5-2 system, but he could also prove a key man in a 4-2-2 or 4-3-3. If he plays with a winger in front of him, there's no reason why he won't be able to build up a fine relationship with his teammate(s).
Shaw and Angel di Maria have the ability to destroy teams down the left hand side of the pitch at Old Trafford, whilst Shaw and Januzaj have the potential to humiliate teams for the next decade.
Of course, with the additions of Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, Shaw has added competition at the Theatre of Dreams. But, there's no reason why Van Gaal shouldn't play all three of them.
Manchester United have struggled in the middle of the park for some time now, and Daley Blind surely has to be handed the role in front of the back-four. Marcos Rojo, meanwhile, should slot into the centre of defence, especially after the injury picked up by Phil Jones on international duty for England.
United fans will be gearing themselves up for the debut of a certain Radamel Falcao on Sunday, but they could come away pleasantly surprised by the performance of Shaw if he's handed his chance to shine.
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