22-year-old defender determined to shine under Jose Mourinho

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is determined to shine under Jose Mourinho this season. The England international is currently recovering from a foot injury which he sustained in the 1-1 draw against Swansea City in the tail-end of last season.

Shaw joined the Red Devils from Southampton for £27m back in the summer of 2014, and he has since managed just 32 league appearances due to multiple injuries including a double-leg fracture in his second season at Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old had been on the sharp end criticism from Jose Mourinho for his attitude last term and he managed just three league starts between November and April before sustaining a ligament damage on his foot.

Prior to United’s 4-0 thumping win over West Ham United, Shaw admitted that this is a big season for him, and he is hopeful that he can put his injury concerns behind him in order to help United challenge for the Premier League crown.

“It’s a very big season for me. It’s one I’m looking forward to because it’s a big challenge for me, especially given the past few seasons have been up and down,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously I had the broken leg but the injury I got at the end of last season was kind of unlucky. Hopefully, I can put all that behind me now. Hopefully, this is my season and I can prove people wrong.

“I want to prove it to myself too because I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t think I’d be able to play here. I believe in myself. The manager believes in me as well and that’s given me a big confidence boost. I’m really looking forward to getting started again.”

United currently have the likes of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian to occupy the left side of the defence, and Shaw has some real competition to ward off in order to break into the starting lineup. The youngster is expected to return to first-team action by mid-September.

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