Luke Shaw to start versus Wigan in first appearance for 10 months

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Tomorrow, Jose Mourinho will take charge of his first game as manager of Manchester United as the Red Devils take on Wigan Athletic.

United fans are already eagerly awaiting the fixture, United's first of their preseason schedule, in the hope that it will mark the start of a long and successful partnership.

And they've now been given further reason to look forward to Saturday's game after reports today.


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According to The Mirror, Mourinho is set to name long-term absentee Luke Shaw in the starting lineup as United face off against the Latics.

The move would see the English left back start his first game in 10 months, and bring to an end an injury nightmare that began when he suffered a double leg break in a UEFA Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven last September.

Reports earlier this week had noted that the 21-year-old was set to figure in some way, shape or form against Wigan but the news that he will actually start the game is even more positive for United.

Considering the length of time he has been out, and the severity of the injury, there is, of course, a risk that Shaw could suffer a setback when he does finally return to the pitch.

Indeed, although he is to start the game, you wouldn't think the youngster would be on the pitch beyond half time.

However, The Mirror also notes that Mourinho and his staff have been impressed by Shaw's recovery and ability to take part fully in pre-season training without any noticeable issues.

As the likely incumbent of the starting left back spot when the season proper gets underway in August, why wouldn't the Portuguese boss take the opportunity to see what Shaw has to offer on Saturday afternoon.


Before his injury - suffered after a nasty challenge from PSV's Hector Moreno - Shaw was finding his form for United and looking the favourite to win the starting job for England as then England manager Roy Hodgson began to make plans for Euro 2016.

Unfortunately, the former Southampton man's blossoming career has been put on hold for the best part of the year since. Tomorrow will, therefore, be a big day for him personally.

The game against Wigan will also be an important one for a number of his fellow teammates at United.

Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are expected to make their debuts, while the likes of Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj will be looking to impress Mourinho as their own futures at Old Trafford hang in the balance.

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