Manchester United’s Luke Shaw has had a rocky road during his four years at the club. Purchased from Southampton in 2014, the English international has frequently been criticised for his attitude and fitness, and suffered a horrific double-leg break in 2015, but the 23 year old looks to be ready to stake a claim in Jose Mourinho’s first team plans this season. Shaw has capitalised on the absence of Ashley Young, and scored his first goal for the club in United’s 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday night.
Understandably, Shaw was hugely enthused to have finally found the net in a red shirt.
“For me, today, for my career so far, it was the best feeling I’ve felt,” said Shaw, speaking to MUTV. “I was quick to react from my touch, got round him [Ricardo Pereira], swung my foot at it and it just sort of connected right and went into the bottom corner. From there, I just went and celebrated.
“Honestly I can’t describe it, in front of the Stretford End, it’s the best feeling I’ve had. I’m so proud and happy to be able to help the team. Hopefully I made my family proud tonight too with my first goal and hopefully I can push on forward and get many more and help the team out more.”
It’s been some time since Shaw found the back of the net, too. “Probably Under-18s maybe when I was playing on the right-wing for Southampton! Actually, I think I scored one in pre-season with Southampton now I think about it, but it doesn’t count really – not compared to this!
“Like I said, amazing feeling but the hard work doesn’t stop here. I keep pushing myself because I want to become better and better and help the team out more. For me, pre-season wise the minutes were the most important thing. I was kind of disappointed with my performances in pre-season – I don’t think I was what I can be and I still think I can be better than I was tonight.”