Shaw adamant he bagged United's opener

Friday 06 March 2020 07:00

Luke Shaw insists that he scored Manchester United’s opener in the 3-0 Emirates FA Cup fifth-round win over Derby County, after replays showed his shot took a very slight deflection off Jesse Lingard’s back.

The flourishing left-back produced an impressive performance at Pride Park Stadium, breaking the deadlock in the first half with a strike that bounced off the pitch and flew into the far corner. 

A delighted Shaw ran away to celebrate in front of the 5,000 magnificent United supporters in the away end and clearly enjoyed his second goal as a Red, which is why he was perturbed after the final whistle when it was put to him that the dubious goals panel might yet credit the effort to Lingard.
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When asked if Jesse had tried to claim the goal, Luke told us with a smile: “He’s trying to, but no chance is he having that! I haven’t seen it again, but he’s saying it came off his back. To be fair I’d be quite embarrassed to claim that if I was him. He can let me have it for once and he can just leave it.

“My last goal was quite a while ago and it was nice to hopefully get my goal today, and hopefully I can get more to come for the rest of the season.”
After scoring the opening goal, Shaw also provided the assist for United’s second with a driven pass that found Odion Ighalo inside the penalty area. Our Nigerian striker did well to evade two markers and slot a neat finish into the bottom corner, before grabbing a second goal for himself in the second half. 

“He’s flying and the manager said before the game, when he gets a chance, there’s not many he misses,” says Luke. “He could’ve had a hat-trick and he could have been going home with the match ball, but two goals and two good finishes. We’re very pleased for him and long may that continue.”
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The other big talking point on Thursday night, of course, was Wayne Rooney appearing against United for the first time as a Derby player. Shaw shared a dressing room with the club legend for several years and enjoyed the reunion with a player who he still looks up to.

“Everyone knows Wazza is a massive legend at United and, when I came off, sitting on the bench, I was still watching him, because he’s still got it and he’s still an amazing player,” explains Luke. “He was a very big threat today, so it was nice to see him again and nice to see him doing really well as well, so we wish him the best for the rest of the season.”

United’s reward for beating Derby is an FA Cup sixth-round tie against Norwich City at Carrow Road, and victory there would secure a date at Wembley Stadium and a highly anticipated semi-final. 

“I’m very happy with the tie,” says Shaw. “I was watching Tottenham against Norwich last night, but it doesn’t matter, home or away, we’re feeling very confident at the moment. We’re sort of going stride by stride, so we need to keep going, keep the confidence up and keep getting the victories.”

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