Luke Shaw: Man United’s pre-season will help me impress Jose Mourinho

by Leo Nieboer

Luke Shaw insists Manchester United’s pre-season tour of China will serve as an important time to integrate as a side and impress new boss Jose Mourinho.

Man United’s pre-season tour began with a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic on Saturday, where Shaw made his long-awaited comeback after 10 months following a double leg break against PSV Eindhoven.

Mourinho’s 25-man squad touched down in China earlier today for games against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City over an eight day period, before jetting off to Sweden for a friendly against Galatasaray.

Speaking to, Shaw discussed how crucial pre-season was for generating a collective understanding.

“The tour helps the new players get away into a new environment and get to know everyone more,” he said.

“We all get on really well – it’s never a hard time for the new players to come in because everyone is so friendly anyway.

“Everyone needs to look after their body really well. When you first come back, there are little niggles and tight areas that you need to look out for.

“It’s about minutes but we want to impress our fans with the way we’re playing and we also want to impress the new manager, to show him what we can do and fight to get into the starting XI.

“Hopefully we can create a good time.”

Shaw’s emphasis on team integration is reflective of Mourinho’s attitude to management in general. From the very start, the 53-year-old has always hallmarked togetherness and chemistry as the driving force behind his methods and this mentality is clearly rubbing off on the youngster.

Pre-season is perhaps more crucial to Shaw than anyone else. After such an extended period on the sidelines, the tour of China represents a golden opportunity for the 21-year-old to ease himself back into the speed of senior football, both mentally and physically.

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