Man United Frustrated By Top Four Finish, Says Shaw

Shaw Signs New Five-Year Deal With United
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 10, 2018, English defender Luke Shaw gestures after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Luke Shaw has revealed Manchester United’s stars were hugely frustrated by their failure to close the gap to the Premier League’s top four.

Fourth-placed Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Leicester on Saturday gave United a chance to chip away at the six-point difference.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men slipped to sixth after a 0-0 draw against Wolves at Old Trafford later in the day.

Even the presence of new signing Bruno Fernandes, who made his debut in midfield, couldn’t galvanise United.

Asked how the mood in the dressing room was after the match, United defender Shaw said: “To be honest, really, really disappointed, especially with the way the games have been going recently.

“We haven’t been picking up too many points and today was massive for us, especially with Chelsea dropping points.

“It seems to keep happening. Teams around us drop points and we don’t end up closing the gap and we are suffering from that and we needed to win today.

“Now we haven’t got a game so soon and that is quite annoying, but we’ll have a little break and of course we are looking forward to the big game when we get back.”

United have had a frantic winter fixture schedule and now do not have a match until travelling for a crucial clash at fourth-placed rivals Chelsea on February 17, with a warm-weather camp in Spain lined up in the meantime.

“Maybe it’s nice to have a break but on the other hand with how the game went today, I’d rather have a game around the corner so we can put things right because we need to,” Shaw said.

“But that’s not the case, there’s the break. We’ll regroup, have a little break but obviously focus because it’s not the end of the season yet.

“Look, Chelsea is a massive game and one we seem to love playing in.

“We have played them probably quite a lot as well in the cups and stuff.

“We will have a few days off and then train very hard to get ready for that game because we know it’s going to be tough.

“We want to close the gap and we need to beat them.”

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United Defender Displays Shaw-Fire Generosity

Luke Shaw #23 (R) and and Juan Mata #8 of Manchester United United warm up prior to the International Champions Cup 2018 match against AC Milan at StubHub Center on July 25, 2018 in Carson, California. AFP

 

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw entered in the Christmas spirit of giving in grand style by spending £10,000 ($12,800) on hampers from luxury London store Harrods for Manchester United staff the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old — whose own fortunes have taken a turn for the better with interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer restoring him to the first team since the sacking of Jose Mourinho — bought 40 hampers worth more than £250 apiece.

The hampers included fudge, mince pies, a Christmas pudding, tea, coffee and champagne among other luxury items.

It is not the first time the England international who earns a reported £165,000 a week has displayed such generosity, having ordered hampers from the equally famous Fortnum and Mason store last year.

The former Southampton star also paid a visit to a children’s hospital, alongside fellow defender Chris Smalling, and invited four of his former school teachers to the 4-1 home win over Bournemouth on Sunday.

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Shaw Signs New Five-Year Deal With United

Shaw Signs New Five-Year Deal With United
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 10, 2018, English defender Luke Shaw gestures after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

England left-back Luke Shaw believes he can be a catalyst for a turnaround in Manchester United’s fortunes after signing a new five-year contract with the Premier League giants on Thursday.

Shaw, 23, was in the final year of the deal he signed four years ago when joining from Southampton as the world’s most expensive teenager at the time.

However, his time at Old Trafford has been blighted by a horrific leg break in 2015 that forced him to consider retiring and public criticism from United manager Jose Mourinho.

“It’s been an odd four years for me,” admitted Shaw.

“There have been ups and downs. From signing today now it’s all about looking forward and to how much I can help the team and become a success again.

“If you look at my situation in the last year and a bit, you’d have thought this could have been impossible. But I worked hard, I wanted to be here and I wanted to make sure my future was here to help this club.”

Shaw has been rewarded for an excellent start to the season personally despite a difficult time for Mourinho’s men as a team.

United trail Premier League leaders Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City by seven points after eight games with speculation surrounding how long Mourinho will keep his job.

“I think personally it’s only a matter of time that the success is going to be coming back,” added Shaw.

“I can see the team that we have here. We have an amazing group of players and the talent we have is scary, there are a lot of young lads that are hungry for trophies.”

Despite their previous differences, Mourinho has been won over by Shaw’s start to the campaign and insisted he was deserving of his new deal.

“Luke fully deserves this contract. He understood his development process, he has worked really hard at every level and he always believes in himself which is a great attribute to have,” said Mourinho.

“Luke is still young and is improving all the time and he must feel very proud of himself.

“I am delighted that we are keeping such a talented young English player with a bright future ahead of him.”

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Shaw Set For United Return After Head Injury

Luke Shaw (R) and Juan Mata of Manchester United United warm up prior to the International Champions Cup 2018 match against AC Milan at StubHub Center on July 25, 2018 in Carson, California.  Victor Decolongon/Getty Images/AFP

 

Luke Shaw was set to return to Manchester United after he suffered a concussion in England’s defeat by Spain as Gareth Southgate called up Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray.

Southgate’s side kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign with a frustrating 2-1 defeat at Wembley on Saturday but concerns over their 23-year-old left-back’s well-being overshadowed the result.

Shaw superbly set up Marcus Rashford’s opener on his first England start since September 2015 — an appearance that came just a week before he suffered a hideous double leg-break in a Champions League tie.

The left-back looked like he may have suffered another major injury minutes into the second half on Saturday, with his head appearing to hit Dani Carvajal’s hip before sickeningly bouncing off the turf.

The impact was audible from the stands and led to him leaving on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask and a neck brace after lengthy treatment.

Shaw was later walking and talking and tweeted he was “doing fine” but he will return to United on Monday.

A statement from the Football Association read: “Luke Shaw remained at St. George’s Park today for further rest and monitoring having sustained a concussion against Spain yesterday. He will return to his club tomorrow.”

Shaw’s injury has opened the opportunity for uncapped left-back Chilwell, who moves up from the England Under-21 squad with Leicester teammate Gray.

The pair could make their senior bows on home turf this Tuesday as the King Power Stadium plays host to a friendly against Switzerland.

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Schweinsteiger Back To Manchester United First Team Training

bastian-schweinsteiger-manchester-unitedGerman international, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has returned to the first squad training with his old teammates at Manchester United.

The World Cup winner had trained alone or with the club’s under-23s since Jose Mourinho was appointed to manage the Red Devils in the summer.

The 32-year-old midfielder last played for the United in March, when Louis van Gaal was manager.

He had said in an interview that he had no personal problems with Coach Mourinho, and that Manchester United would be his last club in Europe.

Meanwhile, teammate Luke Shaw described the former German skipper as a big influence for the upcoming generation.

“It’s great to see him back. We found out the news a couple of days ago.

“He’s a big influence in the dressing room and obviously on the pitch, especially for the young players like myself,” BBC quoted Shaw as saying.

English FA Cup: Van Gaal Hails Resilient Man United Performance

van GaalManchester United Manager, Louis van Gaal, was happy to see his charges secure a safe passage to the FA Cup fourth round following a tough match against Yeovil Town.

Strikes from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria gave the Reds a 2-0 win in a hard-fought battle on Sunday afternoon and Mr van Gaal believes the players deserve some credit for their resilient display.

“It’s always difficult to play against such teams,” van Gaal told BT Sport.

“They gave us not so much time and every ball came under pressure. I have lot of respect for the players and coach of Yeovil Town – it was not so easy for us.

“In the second half, we had a little bit more time and space, we played better and were more patient,” he added.

“We kept the ball better also and, because of that, we could score the winning goal.

“We dominated the game, more so in the second half. They had one chance from a set-piece, but we were organised and Angel Di Maria cleared it away.

“It’s just simple organisation. I think they maybe had one more chance after a mistake from one of my players, but that’s it.”

On Di Maria’s impact on the game, the coach said, “It was class, and not his first from outside the box. It had a little bit of luck, but you need that, I’m very happy for him.”

The victory did not come without some price for the reds as Rafael and Luke Shaw were forced off during half time.

The Brazilian has a suspected fractured cheekbone, while England international Shaw sustained an ankle problem.

The defensive pair did not reappear after half-time of the FA Cup third-round tie, with the Reds bringing on Juan Mata and Jonny Evans and reverting to the back-four.