And the gifted stopper has not looked back since, having started in United's last 5 games, his longest run in the team since August of 2016.
Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has stated that manager José Mourinho has been an extra confidence boost in picking up and maintaining a regular role in the starting XI, with the youngster expected to start in Saturday's clash withBurnley.
'Just Eric and Zlatan, they are still recovering, ' Mourinho said when asked for team news.
But Mourinho, who has been linked with a move for Tottenham's Danny Rose, says the England global is in such good form that there are few better in his position.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach enjoyed a successful first season at United, winning the League Cup and the Europa League.
A lack of game time, and public questioning from manager Jose Mourinho, sparked talk of a possible switch for a man who joined the Red Devils for £30 million from Southampton in the summer of 2014.
'Physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding the game much better and what we need in different phases and circumstances.
"You like the transfer market, I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw".
Ashley Young returns from suspension for this weekend's visit to Turf Moor, but Mourinho was keen to praise Shaw in his pre-match press conference.
Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will both miss the game while Daley Blind has also been ruled out after picking up an injury in training.
United are second in the table this season, albeit 12 points behind leaders Manchester City following the 3-0 win over Stoke on Monday.
Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.