Manchester United defensive player Luke Shaw came back on training on Monday for the first time since breaking his leg almost seven months ago. The England left-back, 20, suffered a double fracture in the Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven in September. Shaw’s come back was verified by Man Utd team-mate Juan Mata, who posted a picture of the pair on Instagram. “My friend Luke Shaw just came in from running out on the pitch! Getting closer,” added the Spain midfielder.
Shaw is still in contention for Euro 2016, according to England manager Roy Hodgson. Hodgson wants Man Utd to allow Shaw, an England regular before the injury, to prove his fitness before naming his squad on 12 May. However, Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal said last week he does not think Shaw will play for the team before the tournament. Meanwhile, Phil Jones made his return in Monday’s 1-1 under-21 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Jones, who has been out for three months, played in central defence for 75 minutes before being replaced. The 24-year-old has been picked for every England squad he has been fit for since the last World Cup. Man Utd are fifth in the Premier League table with 53 points, just one point behind from their local rivals Manchester City who are at fourth. They moved to fifth place after beating Everton by 1-0 on Sunday at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial was the man who scored for Man Utd against the Toffees on the day they named a stand after Sir Bobby Charlton.
Martial’s goal was the 1,000th Man Utd have scored at Old Trafford in the Premier League and that goal kept them in the chase for a Champions League place. Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal has described his side’s win over Everton as a “stolen victory”. They had only two shots on target but Martial’s close-range finish was enough to earn three points. “We did not play so well,” said Van Gaal. “We did not create many chances. Everton are a very good team, much stronger away than at home, and it was a very tight game. We were the lucky team today,” he added.