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Luke Shaw hopeful of Man Utd comeback this season

Luke Shaw in action for Man Utd earlier this season. Credit: PA

Luke Shaw hopes he will be back in a Manchester United shirt before the end of the season.

The left-back suffered a horrific double fracture of his leg in United's opening Champions League match of the campaign against PSV Eindhoven on September 15.

He has not yet returned to full training but is happy with how things are going and is targeting a return to the first team.

Shaw told United's official website: "I'm back outside now. Still with the physio but day by day I'm getting better and fitter.

"I'm just going to keep pushing now until the end of the season and see what happens but at the moment my leg feels really great every time I go outside.

"There were a few aches at the start but now they're all gone so it's back to hard work and hopefully I'll see the fans before the end of the season."

Shaw praised United's medical staff for helping him through the process.

"It's not been easy for them either because they have to sometimes deal with me being a little bit moody or whatnot but we've all got through it really well," he said.

"I'm not there yet, we're going to keep pushing, but thank you to all the staff for what they've done and what they've put up with the last seven months."

Victor Valdes heading back to Man Utd

Man Utd keeper Victor Valdes helped Standard Liege win the Belgian Cup. Credit: PA

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes is on his way back to Manchester United after having his loan spell at Standard Liege cut short.

The 34-year-old Spaniard joined Belgian club Standard on loan in January having made only two Premier League appearances for United since he moved to Manchester in early 2015.

Valdes helped Standard beat Club Brugge to win the Belgian Cup in March, but Les Rouches have decided to give their younger players more opportunities as the league season draws to a close.


Referee announced for Man United v Palace final

Mark Clattenburg will be in charge of the final. Credit: PA

Mark Clattenburg will referee this year's FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace, the Football Association announced on Thursday.

The 41-year-old has been officiating in the Barclays Premier League for over a decade but this will be his first time in charge of the Wembley showpiece event.

I think every referee who hasn't refereed the Cup final works hard every season to hopefully referee one of the most prestigious and important cup finals in the world.

You set yourself goals at the start of the season, and mine was to referee in The FA Cup final. It's an honour and a massive achievement.

It came out of the blue. These days you get told of what games you're doing by text, but when you see a call coming in from The FA referees' department you know it's important.

I remember watching Manchester United and Crystal Palace and the tradition of these two teams 26 years ago and that famous game - it's amazing how these games relive. Hopefully it will be as good as it was all those years ago.

– Mark Clattenburg


Man United manager admits future is out of his hands

Louis van Gaal admits that whether or not he remains at Man United is out of his hands despite guiding the Red Devils to the FA Cup final.

Van Gaal could be replaced in the summer. Credit: PA

United are currently fifth in the Premier League and there has been plenty of talk this season about Van Gaal being replaced in the summer.

And having praised his team for their efforts against Everton on Saturday, the Dutchman - asked how important winning the FA Cup could be for the team's development heading into next season - said:

"I am not looking beyond this competition and FA Cup, because we live in the present. For the future, I will discuss that with my board and others."

Van Gaal, whose current contract runs until the summer of 2017, was then asked if he would consider winning the FA Cup but failing to qualify for the Champions League a success.

The 64-year-old replied: "It is not for me to judge - it is for the board of Manchester United."

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