Shaw: We're all fighters
Luke Shaw insisted he and his team-mates are fighting for Manchester United, ahead of a potentially pivotal evening in the quest to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
In Monday's pre-match press conference, Shaw answered questions about his time at Old Trafford as well as the team's current form, and stated his belief that the whole squad is striving to achieve greatness.
“I think everyone in the changing room is a fighter and everyone wants the best for the club and for the team,” he said.
“We're all really good friends here, so we all need to be pushing each other. We all want the same thing and that's to win trophies and to be successful here at Manchester United.”
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The Reds head into Tuesday night’s fixture on a somewhat mixed run of results. A standout victory away to Juventus in the Champions League has been followed by the disappointments of losing the Manchester derby and dropping points at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Shaw, who was suspended for United’s most recent fixture, admitted that he does not have an explanation for the inconsistency but he moved to reassure fans that players remain dedicated to giving their all on the pitch.
“It's really hard to point a finger to what's going on,” Shaw said.
“Of course, it's frustrating to watch, especially with me [being suspended] on the weekend, but we all know that we are much better than that. We train really hard during the week.
“We always train hard, we always want the best from each other, we always push each other as a team,” he added,
“But it's easy for me to come here and say we need to do this, we need to do that. We need to show it on the pitch, starting with tomorrow.”
Until last weekend’s suspension against Palace, Shaw had started the previous nine fixtures in all competitions, which is the longest consecutive run the defender has had in the team since he arrived at Old Trafford in the summer of 2014.
With two Player of the Month awards at the start of this season as well, Shaw agreed that it has been good for him to get a regular role in the team.
“I think it was always important for me to get a run of games,” he said.
“In the last couple of seasons I haven't really had that. I've had one game in and probably three or four out or maybe even longer, so for me it was more about getting games and keeping my fitness up and that's benefited me a lot.
“I knew this was a very important season for me, especially at the start. I worked very hard in the summer to make sure that I came back in good shape and came back to make the manager look at me and for him to play me and thankfully he has. I just need to keep fit, keep strong and keep going.”