Manchester United boss José Mourinho has said that Ashley Young is closer to a first-team return than Luke Shaw, ahead of United’s Premier League clash against Leicester City on Saturday.
Both men played just under an hour for the under-23s in their 1-1 draw against Swansea City’s under-23s at Leigh Sports Village on Monday, stepping up their comebacks after a summer of injury rehabilitation. It was certainly good news for Mourinho, who will need both men with a busy schedule coming up.
Young and Shaw were pictured in training on Tuesday alongside another injured player in Marcos Rojo. The Argentinian international is still recuperating from torn knee ligaments suffered in a Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht in April and Mourinho revealed that he expected him to come back around December, although they were not rushing his recovery.
Regarding the injured players, he said:
Young will come back earlier than Luke. We need our squad, we need everybody, but there is no rush with Rojo. There is no limping. Just straight runs and repetitions. We have to respect the timings and they are bringing him to the team around December.
Otherwise, there are no major concerns for United ahead of the Foxes’ visit to Old Trafford, and Mourinho could well name an unchanged side for the third consecutive game, with in-form Anthony Martial the most likely man to come in if the United manager decides to switch things up.
If he chooses not to make any changes, it would be the first time since 2006 that the Reds have named an unchanged side in three consecutive games. That stretch consisted of a League Cup final to Wigan, an away trip to Wigan and Newcastle at home.