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Manchester United defender still aims to break into Mourinho's plans

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw’s career at the club has been the subject of much speculation over the last few years. Ever since a horrific double-leg break in the early part of the 2015/16 season, the former Southampton defender has failed to hold down a position in the starting XI, and with doubts frequently expressed as to his application and fitness by his managers, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Shaw had left Old Trafford this summer.

However, the English left back has returned to United determined to make up for lost time, seemingly, and earn a place in Jose Mourinho’s plans. Shaw, currently in the United States with the club on their pre-season tour spoke to journalists about the frequent criticism he has received for his fitness, amongst other things.

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“I guess you’ve just got to take it because there is always going to be negative criticism and positive but both of them can make you stronger,” he said, in quotes carried by The Guardian. “I’ve been unlucky because I’ve had a few ups and downs with different managers but I would say I’ve never been out of shape. Honestly, I feel really good and I’m raring to go, and the minutes [on tour] are only going to help me become fitter.”

“People can say I’m fat but I know my own body. I always look big because I’m bigger built – I’ve got that Wayne Rooney type of body.”

Shaw’s contract is due to expire in 2019, but despite the club not offering fresh terms on a new deal, making him a free agent in 12 months time, Shaw is determined to earn himself a new deal.
“You don’t want to be in this situation but I know I have got the quality to [truly] become a Manchester United player. Because at the moment it would be easy to sort of give up, after what happened in the last year or so. I want to earn a contract. I don’t want a contract because in the next year I’m a free agent, so they might look to tie me down. I know the club believe me – I’ve spoken with them, the manager, I’ve had discussions, meetings. If they really wanted to they could’ve cashed in. I’m going to fight for it this year and I want to be in that starting team.”
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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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