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Luke Shaw reveals plan to keep injury at bay this coming season

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has spoken about himself and team-mate Adnan Januzaj working with a fitness coach employed by the Old Trafford club over the summer break. Last season, Shaw, a new signing from Southampton suffered a hit and miss season with injury after injury, which ended up ruining his debut season at the Theatre of Dreams. Shaw, who rested this summer wants to make up for lost time and prove himself to the clubs supporters throughout the new season.

The England international has been tipped by many to be the long-term answer in the left-back role and the player himself wants a long and successful career at the Old Trafford club. United suffered many injuries as a whole last season, so it was not just Shaw that sat out for long periods, but the likes of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair may not have been blooded into the first team should that not have happened, so you have to take the rough with the smooth there.

Shaw is now injury free and determined to remain that way throughout te pre-season tour of the United States of America and into the new Premier League season, which will also see European football return to the Theatre of Dreams. In an exclusive interview with the official Manchester United website, the 20-year-old went into detail on the steps he took this summer in order to prove his doubters wrong:

“I have had a few different pre-seasons and this one hasn’t been too hard. Every pre-season is hard and it is just about getting your fitness back up. Over the time I had off, I made sure that I came back in good shape. I am feeling good and I’m ready for the games.

“As a team we all get individual programmes for the summer. On my time off, I went to Dubai with Adnan and one of the coaches. It was not a thing that I was told to do, it was just something that me and Adnan chose to do, to go out there and come back in shape for when we start the pre-season training.

“Of course I had my time off, I had a few weeks to rest and recover so when we went to Dubai that was to bring our fitness levels back up. Me and Adnan really enjoyed it. Hopefully it was good for both of us.”

The upcoming season, in which United have the squad to challenge in the Premier League and will also return to the UEFA Champions League, providing they win a play-off match which has not yet been drawn, Shaw has the hope of being able to stay fit and clear of injuries. For a 19-year-old, which is the age he was last season, the amount of injuries were not normal. Hopefully that is a thing of the past for the England international. Shaw stated:

“I just hope I don’t get any injuries. I think last season was frustrating because I was picking up little niggles every time I had a couple of games. Hopefully this time I can stay fit, get a good run of games and win a title at the end of the season.”

Shaw was not selected for the England U21 squad for the U21 European Championships this summer, that was down to the fact he had an injury plagued season and needed the time to reach full fitness and work on making himself less prone to injuries. No doubt, if Shaw, among others were selected for the U21 squad, England may have fared much better than they actually did. Speaking about missing the tournament, Shaw said:

“Yeah, definitely. I have come back to this pre-season in much better shape than I did last season. The rest has done me really well, the trip to Dubai helped also and I feel good.”

Sp far this summer, United manager Louis van Gaal has made four new additions. The arrivals of Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and former Southampton team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin. Shaw and the French midfielder know each other well, pleasing the player that Van Gaal has signed him, not to mention the fact that he will allow United to field an experienced and fully strengthened midfield in the coming season, the first time for many years that anyone has had that amount of confidence in the midfield at the club. Shaw said:

“The new lads are settling in well. Obviously with Morgan I know him really well from Southampton and it is nice to see him here. We are a good bunch of lads here and we welcome people really easily, so I hope they are enjoying it and looking forward to the games too.

“Of course I spoke to him about the club beforehand, but every player knows what Manchester United is about. I made sure I told him everything about it and how much he would love it. I think he has made the right decision to come to Manchester United and I am sure he will prove everything right.”

Shaw seems to have made a new friend in Netherlands international Memphis Depay. Images of both players in training seem to show both players happy working together. If Louis van Gaal ends up playing Memphis in a left-wing position, if he continues with the 4-3-3 formation, or develops his team into a 4-2-3-1 formation, both players will have to strike a good partnership. Shaw has pace, as does Memphis, but the England international enjoys overlapping the wingers, as was seen last season with him and Ashley Young. Speaking about his newfound friendship with the Dutchman, Shaw said:

“He is around my age and it nice to have another player come in. You could say we have got on really well but it is just a team thing really. 

“With him playing on the left, it’s a good thing. He’s a tank! You can see in the pictures he has got a massive physique. He is small but stocky and strong, and quick, so he has been sharp in training. Like I said, he’s the same as me, I think he is just looking forward to just getting the games under way.”

The upcoming season is going to be one that will have many Manchester United supporters excited, more excited than last season which saw the arrivals of Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, albeit on loan, which has now been ceased with the player doing the same with Chelsea for the new season. The arrivals of Memphis, Darmian, Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin are more exciting, as they are signings that United needed and will see the squad improve massively. European football returning to the Theatre of Dreams is also something to be excited about as personally, and I know you will feel the same, I did miss those big European nights last season.

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