He missed the entirety of pre-season with an injury sustained last April, however, was still included in the traveling squad as he worked separately from the main group to continue his rehabilitation.
The Englishman made his return for the club’s reserves against Swansea on Monday night alongside Ashley Young, playing for an hour for Ricky Sbragia’s side.
Speaking about his return, Shaw revealed talks with Mourinho over this place in the side.
“[It felt] very good. I think me and Ash, we both really needed that. I felt like I could have gone on longer but 60 minutes was the aim at the start,” he said.
“We were told we would play 45 to 60 minutes so 60 was great for me. I’m feeling really good and I want to push on from here.”
“We’ve had discussions but the main ones we’ve had so far are about how my injury is, how I’m feeling. I told him straight how I was feeling and that’s good.
“He tells us all straight what he wants and how it’s going to plan out for the games we have. We’ve got so many games this season and it was the same last season. The games will be bigger this season because we’re back in the Champions League and more of a challenge. We’re all up for it.
“Everyone is training hard because everyone wants to be on that pitch in the important games. We’re all fighting for a place and now it’s my time to fight for my place.”
It was a productive hour for Shaw at Leigh Sports Village and it has been encouraging to see him bouncing back.