Jose Mourinho says Luke Shaw to get more Man Utd chances after shining in Champions League
By Mark Ashenden
Last Updated: 06/12/17 8:25am
Luke Shaw was praised and promised more games for Manchester United by Jose Mourinho after impressing in the Champions League.
The 22-year-old has struggled for fitness and has rarely broken into the first team at Old Trafford since his £27m move from Southampton in the summer of 2014.
After returning from a foot injury in September, Mourinho insisted the left-back must "work hard" to regain his place and in Tuesday's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow, Shaw did not let himself down with a man-of-the-match show.
With converted winger Ashley Young the preferred left-back, and Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind also pushing for a spot in defence, it is unlikely Shaw will get the nod for Sunday's Manchester derby.
But after making his first start for 219 days, Shaw has given his manager food-for-thought and Mourinho said: "Very, very positive performance, especially with the ball going forward.
"Really dangerous, creating a lot, great intensity in his game. No surprise that in minute 80 he is feeling the consequences of that intensity (by suffering cramp).
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"It is normal, the first match of the season for him, but he was deserving of that opportunity for quite a long time. And he's going to get more because the performance was really positive."
Second-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford ensured United secured top spot in Group A of the Champions League.
"I'm really happy because we don't want to qualify with a defeat," he said after United made the last 16 for the first time since 2013-14.
"We don't want to qualify with a bad performance so the objective was to qualify playing well and to get at least a positive result.
"I think we did that very, very well. The performance was good, the attitude was good."
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