Luke Shaw: I wasn’t playing as well as I could last season

Luke Shaw: I wasn’t playing as well as I could last season

Manchester United star Luke Shaw has responded to criticism over his form last season and admitted he wasn’t playing to his full ability.

The Englishman was often the cause of Jose Mourinho’s frustrations whenever he was given the odd opportunity to impress.

However, after having the summer off Shaw dedicated his pre-season to proving his worth and played well in the lead up to the beginning of the campaign.

His hard work paid off after he scored what would eventually prove to be United’s winner against Leicester City but also his first senior goal in his career.

If Ashley Young was watching the clash it’s fair to say he may have been worried over his own future at the club following the youngster’s display.

According to Manchester Evening News, Luke said to Sky Sports: “I look at back last season and I don’t think I was playing the way that people knew I was capable of playing.

“This season I’ve felt more confident, especially today, and I want to keep doing that. Obviously defending is the first thing for a full-back but nowadays it’s all about attacking.

“I’m known for attacking and helping the team create chances and create goals and I did that today.”

There’s been plenty of excitement that this season can be Shaw’s season if he applies himself and it’s certainly started that way.

More importantly than the goal was the fact Mourinho was clearly impressed with the former Southampton man and praised him publicly.

The Portuguese manager insisted Luke’s display was a complete one even if one ignored the goal that was scored which is definitely a compliment.

Young became one of Jose’s most trusted players due to his hard work and there’s no reason why the 23 year old can’t do the same.

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