Shaw Battles to Regain Fitness in Race Against Time for FA Cup Final Following Setback

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw is facing an uphill battle in recovering for the FA Cup final against Manchester City. Red Devils’ manager Erik ten Hag disclosed that Shaw’s injury is more complex than initially believed, making his chances of playing low but not ruled out completely.

There is a bit more hope for Harry Maguire, with the center-back having a fair shot at being fit for the game against Pep Guardiola’s team on May 25 at Wembley. Prior to that, the team will wrap up their Premier League season with a match against Brighton.

Despite a disappointing season, Manchester United still has two possible paths to making it into Europe next season. Sitting eighth in the table alongside Newcastle United, a win against City in the FA Cup final would secure a spot in the Europa League.

If they don’t win, United will need to finish seventh in the league to qualify for the Europa Conference League. Shaw has only played in 15 games this season due to a muscle injury suffered in February. Ten Hag addressed the status of Shaw and Maguire ahead of the season’s final games, considering their potential inclusion in England’s Euro 2024 squad.

While there is a fair chance for Maguire to play, Shaw’s prospects are more up in the air. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Shaw, Ten Hag revealed that Varane and Lindelof have returned to training, giving a boost to the team ahead of the game against City.

Despite speculation about players leaving, Ten Hag emphasized the importance of maintaining focus. Shaw, who played in last season’s FA Cup final, will aim to recover in time for the upcoming game against City.

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