Luke Shaw has sent a message of gratitude to Manchester United fans for their support over the last week, insisting that he will “fight for each and every one of them”.
The Englishman was thrown into the global spotlight earlier this week after Jose Mourinho noted that the Englishman was far behind other teammates in terms of work rate.
He was handed a rare opportunity to impress during Man United’s 1-1 draw with Everton and duly took it, delighting supporters with an energetic display down the left hand side, but Mourinho was quick to note after the game that his position at Old Trafford was far from secure.
And Shaw, speaking after the clash with Ronald Koeman’s side, was quick to express his gratitude for the continued support shown by supporters.
“The fans have been so good to me and, like I said, especially the last sort of two days,” he said. “That’s why I love them. It is easy for them to see those comments and turn on me, do you know what I mean?
“But the passion they have always shown to me is amazing and something I don’t and won’t forget for a long time because it means a lot to me. I don’t want to let them down and I’ll fight for each and every one of the fans as well.”
Shaw has no option but to set aside the psychological and physical trauma stemming from long spells spells away from the first team and comments from various managers for the next month or so.
This is now crunch time: Mourinho, by challenging the Englishman publicly and throwing him on against Everton, is setting the platform for one final challenge – one final opportunity for Shaw, with the watching world looking on closely, to reach the standard required to succeed at this level.
United fans will, no doubt, be willing the undoubtedly talented youngster on as he fights to salvage his career at Old Trafford over the next few weeks.