Mourinho: Luke Shaw To Return Against Bournemouth, But Mkhitaryan Still Out

Luke Shaw during training.

Reuters / Andrew Yates 

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has given an update on the return dates of Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Luke Shaw has been struggling with life at the Theatre of Dreams under Jose Mourinho’s management this season, and his recent omission from the United squad, despite being fully fit, gave rise to rumours suggesting he is on his way out of the Old Trafford club.

However, Mourinho has now put an end to the speculation, by revealing that the young Englishman is all set to make his return against Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Portuguese revealed: “Luke Shaw is selected for tomorrow so you won’t need to have the guys at The Lowry to take the pictures to see if he’s selected. He’s in the list, so one step up from not being in the final.

“Not even on the bench and now again like Wayne [Rooney] he’s selected, playing or on the bench, he become again an option to us.

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“Luke is working hard, he’s trying to improve, he improved by the physical point of view, I can say that by good dedication, specific work and now he needs some opportunities to feel alive. He needs minutes on the pitch to show evolution is not physical but globally because a player is not just a better physical condition.”

Jose also gave an update on the fitness of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been out due to an injury he picked up against St Etienne in the Europa League.

“Mkhitaryan is still out,” the Manchester United boss told MUTV. “He didn’t recover in time for this game. I believe, during the next week, especially for the weekend [ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge], he will be fine and we don’t have major problems. Bastian has a little thing but, apart from that, everybody is fine.”


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