Luke Shaw has been discussing his fitness levels following Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-final.
The 21-year-old, prior to his cameo against Everton earlier this month, had only managed 70 minutes of Premier League football since October after being frozen out by Jose Mourinho.
He has recently impressed in games against Sunderland and Anderlecht, however, playing a full 120 minutes against the latter.
And Shaw, speaking after the game, noted that getting 120 minutes under his belt would be hugely beneficial for his fitness over the next few weeks.
“I haven’t had much game-time recently and I think, especially with the 120 minutes today, it will help a lot with my fitness levels,” he said.
“It will help me get through the games coming up easier. Of course, we will recover well but the great thing about our squad is we have quality players all around in every position and people can come in and go out.
“When their chance comes, they take it and the team at the moment are very strong in training and everyone is fighting for a place because we have important games coming up.”
The Englishman deserves extra praise for the way he went about his business against Rene Weiler’s men. He had only managed a total of 95 minutes of game time since being introduced in April, sitting out of clashes against Anderlecht and Chelsea last week.
120 minutes against a feisty, energetic Anderlecht side, on a night that demanded complete concentration from minute one, would have been a huge test for Shaw. But he made it look easy, gliding up and down the pitch with a cold sense of determination all evening. For somebody who has, over the past few weeks, attracted numerous questions surrounding his commitment to the cause, this was a superb response.