Luke Shaw has been handed an opportunity to steal a march on Ashley Young in the race to be Manchester United’s first-choice left-back.
England’s run so deep into the World Cup means that Young will be handed an extended break in pre-season, which is by contrast to Shaw’s ability to take part right from the off.
That is particularly important for the former Southampton man, because the biggest question mark hanging over him is not his ability but his fitness.
Can he steer clear of injuries? And can he get himself into peak physical condition, able to last the entire season? That is what Jose Mourinho will want to know before being certain that he can dislodge the ageing Young in the first-team.
We put the question to Reds fans, do they want Shaw to be first-choice next season? The answer was clear, 73 per cent of them do want exactly that, as you can see from the results below…