Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has failed to hit the heights of last season and this summer’s European Championship so far but the 26-year-old remains one of the most important players at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s disposal.
Shaw was one of England’s star players as the Three Lions reached the final at Euro 2020, where the former Southampton star scored their only goal of the game.
The defeat to Aston Villa three weeks ago was troubling in more than one way for United but the early withdrawal of Shaw left supporters fearing the worst. Thankfully, he recovered in time to feature the following week but Shaw has now admitted to struggling with injuries this season.
“I’m feeling much better now than I did in the last few weeks,” Shaw is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website.
“To be honest, I hadn’t really trained at all. Leading up to the game against Villa, obviously I was ill and I had to come off then.
“Leading up through the week I didn’t even train to be honest. That was a bit of a struggle because I didn’t feel 100 per cent fit but like I said, whatever the team needs, if they need me I’ll always make myself available.
“With England I didn’t really train much either there to be honest but I managed to get another game in but I’m feeling much better now and hopefully I’m feeling much more fresher than I definitely have in the past month.”
Playing through the pain barrier is another sign of a mature player and he will be looking to kickstart his season on Saturday as he prepares to face Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.
Victory over the Foxes would see United return to winning ways in the Premier League, having failed to win their last two against Everton and Aston Villa.