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Luke Shaw with Anthony Martial.

Shaw hopes to start the Premier League season

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Luke Shaw hopes to earn a place in the starting XI for Manchester United's opening Premier League fixture against Leicester City, at the start of what will hopefully be a positive season for the left-back.

Now entering his fifth campaign with the Reds, the 23-year-old has suffered numerous injuries and in particular a broken leg which was sustained in 2015.

Yet Shaw has appeared fit and raring to go throughout Tour 2018, presented by Aon, and he is enthused about the challenges ahead.

“I'm really excited,” Shaw told us in Los Angeles. “This is what you work towards, the start of the season, during pre-season. I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully when the first game comes, I'm ready and I can get to start a game.

I want to play as many games as possible this season. Hopefully I can cement a place and play many more games than I did last season because, at the end of the day, I want to be playing football matches and hopefully I can do that this season.

Luke Shaw in action for United.
Shaw featured for 75 minutes in both pre-season friendlies against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes.

'THERE'S A GREAT ENERGY'

Tour 2018 has seen several youngsters accompany the first-team regulars to the United States. If the first two pre-season games are anything to go on, the prospects have not shied away from opportunities.

Shaw feels the experienced members of the squad have made the Academy players feel welcome, not just on the pitch but off it as well.

“It's nice to get to know the young ones,” Luke told us. “For the young lads, it's great to get to know them a bit more and help them settle in - everyone's enjoying it.

”There's a bit of table tennis, so everyone's playing that, and FIFA and there's also a bit of Fortnite going on. I was playing with the two young ones yesterday, Jimmy [Garner] and Mason [Greenwood]. It's a bit of banter and it's a competition, everyone wants to win. It's good energy and good fun.

Luke Shaw says

"I'm really excited. I'm really looking forward to the new season and, hopefully, when the first game comes I'm ready and I can get to start that game."

TEAM-MATES

We also quizzed Luke on who the funniest, loudest and best-dressed players of the squad were - with some unlikely names receiving the honours...

“Anthony [Martial] makes me laugh, in his own way. But I'd have to say Andreas Pereira, he's funny. I can't explain why he's so funny, but the way he acts and says things, it makes me laugh.

Shaw cites Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial as two of the funniest members of the squad.

“In terms of the loudest, I'd say Tim Fosu-Mensah. You'd think he's quite a quiet person, but when he's talking and when he's around the place he seems to be quite loud, so I'd say Timmo is the loudest.

”You'd always have to put yourself up there,“ when asked about the best-dressed player. ”Granty looks decent, so does Chris, so I don't know, it's a hard one. Right now, I'd have to say Granty is edging it for me.