Shaw: Hopefully this is just the start

Tuesday 28 February 2023 07:00

Luke Shaw has reflected on a "special day" for everybody connected with the club, following our Carabao Cup success against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Erik ten Hag's side ran out 2-0 winners at Wembley Stadium, claiming the first piece of silverware of his tenure, thanks to two goals inside six first-half minutes.

Ending our six year wait for a trophy in the process, there were plenty of scenes to savour following the full-time whistle in the capital, with over 30,000+ Reds celebrating alongside our players.

Luke - who played the full 90 minutes - helped keep the Magpies at bay to claim yet another clean sheet for United, and reflected on the occasion in an interview at Carrington on Monday.

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''For me personally, it was a really special day,'' began the defender.

''We have won trophies before but for different circumstances I wasn't able to play. To play in one and win it was a really nice feeling.

''I think yesterday after the game we celebrated as a team there and in the dressing room, we enjoyed the moment.

''It's back to reality now and we have a massive game on Wednesday in another competition that we want to win. We are back in training today and are getting back to that.''

Returning to action against the Hammers in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening, it's a quick turnaround for Ten Hag's side, with the visit of David Moyes' side preceding our trip to Anfield this weekend. 

With United still involved in the Europa League and firmly in the hunt for success in the Premier League too, our no.23 was keen to admit that days like Sunday must now become second nature for a club of our stature and size.

''Whenever you come to Man Utd the aim is always to be winning trophies,'' he added. ''I think we are in that moment now where we have got the taste of one and after a long while we want more.

Ten Hag's open letter to United fans


"I wanted to take the time to address you directly," writes the boss, in a passionate message.

''We are still in three competitions and we want to look to do our best and hopefully add many more trophies to this collection.

''If you look at the start of the season, how we started, nobody would have thought we would of won our first trophy six/seven months later.

''It's a credit to him [Erik] the way he has transformed the team and he has brought that winning spirit back. We as players really believe in him and we are really enjoying playing under him. Hopefully this is just the start of something special.''