Luke Shaw

Shaw: It’s always special playing at Wembley

Monday 20 March 2023 07:00

Manchester United are Wembley-bound for a second time this season after beating Fulham 3-1 in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on Sunday.

A Bruno Fernandes double and a first United goal for Marcel Sabitzer were enough to bring the Reds from a goal down to defeat the Cottagers at Old Trafford.

The match had plenty of flash points and action, and Shaw was thrilled to overcome Fulham and return to England's national stadium for the competition's semi-finals, where Brighton & Hove Albion await.

“It’s always special playing at Wembley,” Luke told MUTV in his post-match interview.

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“Whenever you play there for your club you know you’re doing the right things.

“It’s going to be a very tough game against Brighton. They’re a really tough team, we can’t underestimate [them].

“But we have to believe that we can win this competition [and] in the changing room now, that’s how we feel.”
Sunday was the second consecutive FA Cup game that the Reds have come from behind in to win 3-1, having done so in the fifth round at home to West Ham. Despite coming away with the win Shaw believes United will have to do better in future matches if we are to succeed.

“I think we can be honest, it wasn’t our best performance today,” he said. “I think you could see maybe a bit of fatigue; we lacked intensity and energy, and I think that showed a lot, especially in the first 60 minutes. 

“[You] can’t take anything away from Fulham, but I think in these competitions it’s not always about how you perform. The most important thing is to win and get through to the next round, and we did that today.”

United 3 Fulham 1


The Reds fight back to secure a place at Wembley after Fulham had two players sent off.

The clash with the Cottagers was the last domestic action we’ll see for a while, with plenty of our players now headed off for the international break.

Luke - who has been called up to the England squad for the upcoming EURO 2024 qualifiers - believes the break has come at an ideal time for United, allowing us to refresh.

“I think it’s coming at a good time," he said. "I think since we’ve come back from the World Cup this period has been really positive, a trophy and still in two more competitions that we want to win. 

“I think there’s still a bit to improve on but things are looking good; it’s nice now to refresh and come back ready to go again against Newcastle.”