Luke Shaw has been declared fit to return to Manchester United’s squad for Everton’s Premier League visit.
Shaw missed the midweek Champions League win against Villarreal due to illness and was included in the England squad this month for their World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he had to ‘make a decision’ about Shaw, but the 26-year-old showed up at The Lowry Hotel with teammates on Friday night.
Marcus Rashford is expected to make his long-awaited return in two weeks after shoulder surgery against Leicester, when Harry Maguire could also be back in action after an ankle injury. Amad is also approaching the return of a thigh injury.
“Luke feels better in himself,” Solskjaer said. “He’s been sick, but he still has a shoulder injury, so we have to make a decision about him.
“Marcus trained completely with contact today and had a few tackles flying at him which was nice to see. Harry and Amad are still out so we didn’t lose anyone on Wednesday night.”
United took their first Champions League points this season via Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th-minute winner against Villarreal, ending a streak of three defeats in four games.
Despite last week’s defeat to Aston Villa, United have taken a respectable 13 points out of 18 in the Premier League and are just a point away from first place.
Solskjaer half-joked last month United only started performing in certain games after first conceding but want its players to start as they have finished against Everton.
“We’ve done that so many times at this club, coming back at the end of tight games, difficult games,” he added. “We played against a very good team, we dominated possession, played good things ourselves, but we were too open in the counter-attack, we need to defend better.”
United will go to the top if they beat Everton, at least for a few hours, when Chelsea start at 3pm against Southampton at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool will receive Manchester City on Sunday and one of those parties can enter the internationals of October at the top.
Jesse Lingard was not with the United squad when they arrived at The Lowry as he was celebrating his daughter’s third birthday. It is unclear whether he will join the squad before kick-off.
Confirmed United Team Members
David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Fred, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata, Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial