Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made two changes to his starting eleven for this evening’s Manchester derby, including the return of Luke Shaw.
Shaw starts ahead of veteran Ashley Young at left-back who drops to the bench, and Anthony Martial returns to the team in place of teenage starlet Mason Greenwood.
Some fans are concerned by the inclusion of Shaw, who has been short of first-team football after missing much of the season through injury.
Ashley Young made an assured performance against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday the night; the converted fullback was key in helping nullify the dangerous Spurs attack. The 34-year-old will feel hard done by that he has to settle for a place on the bench.
However, Solskjaer has explained the changes he has made, claiming the rotation is necessary to keep players fresh in the busy winter period.
He told MUTV, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “Mason did well [versus Tottenham], Ashley did well, but Mason is a young boy and it was his first start, Ash is getting on a little bit and I don’t think it would have been fair to play him again with only two days of recovery, so Luke is ready.”
Shaw is up against it this evening with his opposite number Bernardo Silva looking to cause him problems down the flank. Eyes will be on the 24-year-old today and he needs to perform to avoid the Reds getting cut open by City’s potent attack.