Shaw returns in first Mourinho friendly

16 Jul

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Mourinho has replaced Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw returned from a 10-month injury lay-off in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of the club in a friendly at Wigan.

Left-back Shaw has been out since suffering a double fracture of his right leg last September and played the first half against the Latics.

New United signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly also started as they made their debuts at the DW Stadium.

Goals from Will Keane and Andreas Pereira gave United a 2-0 win.

Mourinho’s other summer signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was absent. The Swedish forward is on holiday having played at Euro 2016 and, along with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Chris Smalling, was unavailable following those international commitments.

The game was goalless at half-time but Mourinho made seven changes at the break, with Keane and Juan Mata among those coming on.

United then took the lead when Wigan keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen’s mistake allowed Mata to square for Keane to sidefoot home.

Just before the hour Pereira made it 2-0, firing home after Ander Herrera’s shot was blocked.

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Luke Shaw (centre) was injured in a Champions League group stage game against PSV Eindhoven in September 2015
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Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Manchester United from German club Borussia Dortmund

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