There has been a furore around Old Trafford this summer and rightly so after the arrival of Jose Mourinho and extensive expenditure on new players at Manchester United.
The arrivals of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and other top-class stars have clearly taken the Red Devils to the next level, with United winning all three of their first Premier League games so far.
Despite the feel-good factor being restored by Mourinho and a shot in the arm being received courtesy of the new additions, the importance of Luke Shaw’s return to the United team should not be overlooked.
Luke Shaw on Euro 2016: "It was the best thing for me to not to go. That's the best decision I could have made." pic.twitter.com/e8PPN8dUJo
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 3, 2016
The England international suffered a horrendous leg break against PSV Eindhoven last season that resulted in nine months away from the game and the defender missing Euro 2016 as a result.
It was cruel timing for the former Southampton full-back, who was coming into positive form before getting hurt in Holland.
This season so far Shaw has clearly made the Old Trafford left-back position his own and his considerable talents have been on show in United’s wins.
A dedicated defender with a strong positional sense, his barnstorming runs forward offer an additional attacking weapon to the team and an outlet when Mourinho’s men are in possession.
Luke Shaw: ‘I could hardly walk for six months, never mind play football’ https://t.co/ECjO19WH01
— Adrian Kivumbi. (@JustAdree) August 30, 2016
Shaw deserves the label as one of the Premier League’s best in his position and his return to fitness adds more quality to the United team.
Given the relative uncertainly of the left-back role last term in his absence, the England international’s availability is almost as good as a new signing for the title-chasing side.