Luke Shaw has been pictured working hard and in good spirits after making a long-awaited return to action against Burton Albion during the week.
The Englishman suffered ankle ligament damage against Swansea City back in late April and was sidelined for just over four months.
He was handed a chance to impress in the second half against Burton with the hosts already 3-0 up and supporters were notably pleased with seeing him back in action.
And the left-back has noted that he was “feeling good” ahead of Man United’s visit to his old club Southampton on Saturday.
Seeing Shaw back on the pitch was indeed a pleasing sight, but there was, at least to me, something unsettling about the way he carried himself.
He looked rusty and lacking in confidence, almost as if something was weighing him down. You sense that he will need time to recover full strength but, worryingly, that time just isn’t available. And he knows that.
Mourinho needs him to be performing at the level he wants now, and whether or not Shaw can do that will shape how the rest of his career pans out.
Supporters will just hope he receives sufficient minutes over the next few weeks to show his boss what he can offer this season.