Luke Shaw in training

Luke Shaw: We're ready for our training return

Hi everyone. Since last week’s diary, my girlfriend had her first birthday as a mum, and we made it a very special occasion for her.

Reign had a special little babygrow with ‘Happy Birthday Mummy’ on it, and we all had a great day together. There’s also another update on Reign’s weaning: he’s had apples and sweet potato this week and he loved them both. It’s so cute how he reacts. Normally when babies first try certain foods you get the impression they don’t really like it, but he’s loving it so far.

In terms of other lockdown news from our house, I’ve watched the latest series of The Handmaid’s Tale, my girlfriend got me into that and I’ve caught up with her so we can watch the latest series together, and I’m just about to start The Last Dance too.

I’ve heard lots of good things about that, especially Michael Jordan’s mentality. Some people have been saying it’s the best sports documentary they’ve seen, so I’m really excited to get into that.

I’m even more excited about the biggest news of the week, and that’s that we’ll be getting back to training in small groups on Wednesday. We’ve known for around a week that it was a possibility, but United have had to make it the safest possible environment for all the players and staff.

We’ll still social distance throughout, we’ll arrive in our training gear and shower when we get home. The rules have to be really strict but we’re obviously all going to stick to them just to make sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible.

I think we’re all determined to do things properly because we’re all looking forward to getting back on a proper pitch! Running down at the park is okay, but obviously it isn’t ideal.

We have to do our work, keep fit and it’ll be nice to be around different people and see the boys again for a bit longer. It’s a massive step forward to get on the same training pitch as each other.

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We had another group call today when the news was confirmed to us, and you could see how excited the coaches were to be getting back. The players are, of course, but we’ve been able to keep busy with fitness work, while the coaches have been waiting to be able to put their sessions into action.

I’m sure there’ll be some fitness work when we get back, but we’ve all done a lot of running over the last three weeks and now we’re all just itching to do more ball work.

The most important thing is getting used to that and it’ll be nice to be able to pass, dribble and get the right feel for the ball again so we can do what we all love.

We’re all really excited to be getting back to some normality and we’re all going to do everything we possibly can to make sure our training is as safe as it can be.

In the meantime, everybody stay safe and take care of each other.

Luke.

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