Luke Shaw has been recalled to the Manchester United squad for the game against Everton on Tuesday (4 April) despite Jose Mourinho questioning the midfielder's focus and ambition following their draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (1 April).
"Who? Luke Shaw? It's difficult for him to be on the bench. Because I cannot compare him with Ashley Young, with [Matteo] Darmian, with [Daley] Blind. I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind," Mourinho was quoted as saying by ESPN.
The United left-back has struggled to make the first-team squad since returning to full fitness at the start of the year and has been limited to just two appearances so far.
Shaw made his first Premier League appearance since October during United's draw against Bournemouth and was again unused for their next two games against Middlesbrough and West Brom.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the defender called for talks with the manager after his scathing comments and it looks like it made a difference as he was seen with the rest of the first-team squad arriving at the Lowry hotel ahead of their game against the Toffees.
Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera also joined Shaw in making a return to the first-team. The French midfielder returned to the squad after a three-week spell on the sidelines with a groin injury, while Ibrahimovic and Herrera returned from three-game suspensions.
Speaking ahead of the game against Ronald Koeman's side, Mourinho was unsure if Pogba will be available for the clash as he only returned to training at the end of last week. The former Juventus star looks to have convinced the manager to include him in the travelling party.
United, however, will be without Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata, after the Portuguese manager confirmed that the trio are going to be out of action for a long time.