Manchester United hopes to welcome Luke Shaw back from injury soon, and Rasmus Hojlund should be excited about this.
Luke Shaw is making good progress in his recovery from injury, ESPN report. While there is not yet a specific return date mentioned, it is better to hear positive vibes than negative ones about his recovery.
Getting Shaw back will certainly be a boost for Marcus Rashford down the left-hand side. Hvaing a rotating cast of fill-in left-backs is not helping the forward’s form.
But the real winner from Luke Shaw’s return to action will be a player who has not yet shared the pitch with him at all, new striker Rasmus Hojlund.
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Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesRasmus Hojlund can benefit from Luke Shaw
Many have pointed out how Rasmus Hojlund is suffering from a lack of service up front. It is a principle reason why he has not yet scored a Premier League goal.
Hojlund needs deliveries from wide areas, and Shaw can make a major difference to Hojlund, in terms of his crossing ability, set pieces, and simply adding variety to United’s attack.
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Shaw created 34 chances last season in the Premier League, more than any other full-back in the United team, and also made 169 passes into the final third, more than any player in the first team squad.
Shaw also completed more crosses into the penalty box than any other Manchester United player, one more than Bruno Fernandes, per FBRef.
Hojlund needs this kind of service. He showed with his first goal against Galatasaray, when he headed in a cross from Rashford, that he can put these chances away. But he has been starved of similar opportunities.
This season Fernandes and Diogo Dalot are the only Manchester United players to have completed more than two crosses into the box. Luke Shaw’s return can’t come fast enough.
Shaw’s statistical numbers are even more impressive considering he spent many games last season playing at centre-back instead of left-back.
Hojlund and Shaw have not yet played together
Luke Shaw played only two Premier League games this season before suffering an injury which has kept him out since.
Rasmus Hojlund did not make his debut until the fourth game of the season, as a substitute. While late November may be too soon for Shaw’s return, we hope to see him back in action in December, linking up with the Danish striker and helping him regularly find the back of the net.