Man Utd: Louis van Gaal gives Luke Shaw Europa League target

Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw joined Manchester United from Southampton for £27m in June 2014

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has picked defender Luke Shaw in his Europa League squad to give him a target for his recovery.

Shaw broke his leg against PSV Eindhoven in September, and it is still not known when he will be fit.

The 20-year-old will not be available for the Europa League last-32 encounter with Midtjylland later this month, but Van Gaal has set a longer-term aim.

Van Gaal said: "He can play the final. That is a goal he has to live for."

This year's Europa League final will take place in Basel on 18 May.

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Meanwhile, United midfielder Ander Herrera has dismissed suggestions that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho plays a negative brand of football.

Van Gaal has been criticised for his possession-based style of play, and Mourinho has been heavily linked with his job.external-link

The Portuguese has been known for a pragmatic approach, but coached Real Madrid when they won the Spanish league in 2011-12, finishing with 100 points and 121 goals.

Speaking in Spain, Herrera said: "At Chelsea, Mourinho played with Cesc [Fabregas], Willian, Oscar, Hazard and Diego Costa.

"Is this not an attractive style? Or that of his Madrid scoring record in a year?

"Mourinho does not seem to me to be a defensive technician."