Luke Shaw has promised fans they will see a ‘new’ Manchester United this season, following last year’s disappointing campaign.
United missed out on securing Champions League qualification following a torrid run of form at the end of the season, eventually slumping to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.
Shaw admits last season’s disappointment was ‘tough’ to take, though says the club are now ‘focused on getting United back to where they belong’.
“It was really tough for all of us to take and you couldn’t really enjoy your holidays,” Shaw told The Telegraph.
“You see the Champions League final and the Europa League final and they’re all English teams. It makes you feel even worse, and especially the way the finals went. None of us want that to happen again.
“I think that’s why we’ve all come back again with a different mindset. We had that break to clear our minds but now we’re all focused on getting United back to where they belong and not let the likes of the teams we’ve seen in the finals have it that easy.”
United finished a massive 32 points behind champions and local rivals Manchester City last season, though Shaw is confident the club will improve and close the gap on the division’s best sides.
“For sure this season it will be a new United,” Shaw added.
“They [City and Liverpool] won’t have it as easy as last season. People are probably already doubting us but they can carry on doing that. We know what we are capable of doing and we will have a much better season. It will be a new United, especially with the new ideas the manager is bringing in.”
The 24-year-old says the club have been working on a new tactical approach during the close season, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to exert his influence on the side during his first pre-season at Old Trafford.
Shaw says the club’s focus has been on keeping the ball and maintaining possession, whilst also working on a new pressing-brand of football.
“We’ve worked a lot on tactics, pressing wise – when to go, what sort of moments to,” he said. “The other side of that is to keep the ball more. The manager wants us to play out from the back.
“The way the game went [against Internazionale], I feel we looked a lot better than we probably have for a while. A lot of times last season we didn’t keep the ball well enough and now, playing on the front foot with the pressing, we know as a team what the manager wants. I have no doubt that when the first game of the season comes we will be flying.”