Luke Shaw has been discussing what has been behind his recent return to form after being recalled to the England squad.
Shaw has been a much-maligned figure at Old Trafford for almost the entirety of his four-year stint at Manchester United, as he has seemingly struggled to get over the horrific injury he suffered back in 2015.
He was widely expected to be sold this summer, having been publicly berated by manager Jose Mourinho over the last two seasons due to his lack of form, fitness and intelligence, but reportedly refused to leave this summer in one final bid to prove his worth.
It seems as though that decision has been rewarded, with the 23-year-old starting all four of Manchester United’s Premier League matches so far this season, putting in some excellent displays, scoring his first professional goal, as well as winning the clubs Player of the Month award and being recalled to the England set up.
Speaking to the media ahead of England’s clash with Spain on Saturday, Shaw has revealed the reason’s behind his return to form, and his motivation going forward: “Of course I’ve had an unfortunate two or three years. That’s in the past, I’m just looking forward.
“I wouldn’t say I made massive changes on the nutrition side.
“I’ve cut out some of the silly things I was doing… you could say I’ve maybe gone from a kid to a man now.
“I’m feeling good and my confidence is back. I am focused on the future and improving myself as a player and a person.
“I know what I need to do to push myself, and I want to play for Manchester United, I want to stay there, fight for my place and prove my worth to the team.
“I’m still young, I’m 23. I’ve still got a lot to improve on. The dream for every player is to become the best in their position in the world, I’m striving to be the best.
“There’s a lot of work still to be done but hopefully I’m heading in the right direction.”