Manchester United have received a positive injury update ahead of their FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday (21 May) after Luke Shaw trained with the first team for the first time since suffering a double leg fracture during a Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven. The defender will not be fit enough to play at Wembley but his return should give the manager and the players an added boost ahead of their game.
Louis van Gaal had hoped that the England international would be fit before the end of the season and take part in the final but last week admitted that the left-back had no hope of featuring in the Wembley clash after failing to make a comeback before the end of the league campaign. He was expected to play for the U21's before returning to the first team but could not recover sufficiently to take part in a game, which means his first taste of action is likely to come during the Red Devils' pre-season tour of the United States in the summer.
Shaw's absence has had a major effect on United's season, with the manager facing a constant struggle to fill the void at left-back. Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson among others have been deployed with varied success but neither of them could replicate the form showed by the Englishman at the start of the season.
The 20-year-old's failure to recover before the end of the season has also seen him miss out on a place with England's Euro 2016 squad for the finals in France later in June. Shaw, who was pictured training with the first team, revealed his disappointment at missing out but wished his compatriots a successful campaign via his official Twitter account.
"Always had a bit of hope that I would get back fit before the end of the season! Wasn't meant to be! Good luck to the boys in the Euros," the Red Devils defender wrote via his official Twitter account.