Luke Shaw has admitted that his career at Manchester United has been disappointing, but is hoping to prove to manager Jose Mourinho that he is worthy of being the club’s long-term left-back.
Incredibly, Shaw is about to embark on his fifth season as a Manchester United player, joining the club back in 2014 as one of Louis van Gaal’s first signings.
While his first season was a bit of a damp squib, his second season at the club finally saw the youngster delivering the kind of performances that had convinced the Red Devils to splash £30 million to sign him, a fee which was then a world record for a teenager. However, his promising start to the 2015/16 season was soon halted, when he suffered a serious double leg break in a Champions League group game against PSV.
He wouldn’t play again that season, and as always with these kind of injuries, took plenty of time to get fully fit again.
He has he since been afforded plenty of chances by current boss Jose Mourinho, and while he has shown glimpses of his talent, overall, he has failed to impress, with Ashley Young the first choice left-back for both club and country.
Despite earlier pictures showing Shaw carrying a bit of weight over the summer, he has now returned to preseason training in excellent shape, and has reportedly finished top of all the club’s fitness tests so far.
Speaking to a press conference in Los Angeles, he has admitted he is hoping to seize any opportunity afforded to him:
“There are opportunities for all the players, not just me. I look at it like that,” said Shaw.
“The next five games are about fitness. I want to prove to the manager that I can be in his team. When everyone comes back [from their post World Cup holidays], I still want to be the first name on the teamsheet. It’s time for me to show him I can be in the team.
“It’s been disappointing. I look back over the last few years and I’ve not had a massive run in the team. The year I broke my leg I felt strong – it was unfortunate.
“I know what I can do and that’s why I am still here. I don’t think I would still be involved if the manager didn’t believe in me.”