Louis van Gaal has revealed the only reason Luke Shaw played against Inter Milan was because Reece James suffered an injury and was ruled out of the game.
James has enjoyed a strong pre-season so far and will have left a great impression on Van Gaal so it is a real shame he couldn’t continue his good form with an appearance against Inter Milan.
In his stead, Shaw had a real hunger to play despite the fact he underwent an intense training session earlier in the day.
“Luke is working very hard and he was lucky because normally I would have played our friend Reece James, but he was a little but injured,” Van Gaal said after the full-time whistle.
“And so I asked him in spite of a very heavy training session this morning and I think he did very well…”
After Rafael went home early with a groin injury to undergo rehabilitation, the last thing United need is another full-back leaving the tour early due to injury, so hopefully James’ injury is small enough for him to overcome and remain part of the tour.