Shaw’s season is yet to get started because a succession of niggles and injuries have halted his progress and rehabilitation from the horror injury which ruled him out for the whole of last year.
Man United have tried to replace him at left-back with the likes of Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian but none offer the complete package like Shaw does, so fans are desperate to see him back.
Thankfully, that is about to happen and Mourinho wants to see Shaw grab his opportunity with both hands.
“He’s ready to play now,” Mourinho said.
“He’s ready to play so now you can find [it] natural if he plays on Thursday, he plays Sunday or next Wednesday. He’s now working without limitations so, now, he’s ready.
“He is ready but it’s a position we have other options [in] too so it’s one of the positions where they have to fight, they have to compete, they have to show quality and stability in their performances to be in the team.”
The game I feel really showed how much we’ve missed Shaw was the 1-1 draw with Liverpool. Darmian started at left-back and Liverpool set-up to swarm Anthony Martial at left-wing whenever he had possession, meaning he never had space to run into and his threat was nullified. That was because Darmian wasn’t adventurous and didn’t overlap Martial to drag defenders away which is something Shaw does in abundance. We miss his attacking threat.
The modern day full-back is arguably the hardest position in football. You’ve got to be supremely fit to bomb forward and recover defensively, you’re crucial to both attacking and defending in every respect. I think that’s why we’ve struggled to replace Shaw and why it is so crucial he comes back fully as soon as possible.
Shaw is class and I still believe he’s got the ability to be our left-back for a decade but what he now has to do is step up to the plate in his next performance. It’s time to shine and if he does then it won’t be difficult for him to claim our left-back spot on a permanent basis which his talent richly deserves.