Jose Mourinho was happy with Luke Shaw’s performance against Sunderland on Sunday, but admitted that he considered substituting him early on.
Shaw impressed from the start at the Stadium of Light, and proved that there could still be a future for him at United.
Victory on Wearside was secured by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s stunning 30th-minute strike and, after Sebastian Larsson had been controversially dismissed by referee Craig Pawson for a challenge on Ander Herrera, second-half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford.
But it was full-back Shaw, criticised roundly by Mourinho in recent weeks, who earned a pat on the back from the Portuguese following a composed display.
He was taken off just after the hour following an early caution.
He said: “He played well, played solid. The opposition was not creating big problems, but he was solid and was confident with the ball.
“He was going forward with some danger, he was reading the game well to go when Mkhitaryan went inside. He played really well, so it was a good hour for him.
“I thought about a half-time change, but thought it was too harsh for him.
“I wanted him to play a little bit more, so at 2-0, one hour in, with the crowd asking for everything and putting the referee under a little bit of pressure, no risk (taken).
“We have no players, we need him to be available for the next match.”