Darren Fletcher has warned Luke Shaw he has a big battle on his hands to dislodge Ashley Young as Manchester United’s first-choice left-back.
Shaw, who has struggled for form and fitness since his £30million move from Southampton in 2014, made his first start of the season in Tuesday night’s 2-1 Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow.
His performance impressed Fletcher – as well as boss Jose Mourinho – and the former United captain believes the 22-year-old can emerge stronger from his difficult spell at Old Trafford and realise his huge potential.
But Fletcher says Shaw may have to bide his time for more opportunities under Mourinho with veteran teammate Young currently thriving in the left-back spot.
He said: “Everyone knows Mourinho likes his defenders to defend first and foremost and anything you can give the other way is a real bonus and Luke Shaw looked like he was tying into that the other night. I thought his performance was fantastic, not only going forward but defensively.
“It is all character building stuff for him but because he is a young lad this might be the making of him in some ways.
“He will just be waiting for his chance now because Ashley Young is in the form of his life now at left-back. That is the big problem for Luke Shaw.
“People might say Ashley Young is not a left-back, he is right-footed, he used to be a winger, but plenty of great left-backs have been right-footed.
“Youngy is getting a little older now so he might see that as his long-term future. That is probably going to be Luke Shaw’s biggest challenge more than anything,”