Luke Shaw celebrates a goal at Old Trafford

Luke Shaw: Let's make Old Trafford a fortress

Luke Shaw is delighted with the attacking prowess shown by Manchester United in two Christmas crackers so far but he's determined to achieve a target at the other end too, by keeping a clean sheet with his colleagues in defence.

The Reds have banged in eight goals across the festive victories over Cardiff City away (5-1) and at home to Huddersfield Town (3-1), representing a big increase on the 1.7 goals per game average in the previous 17 Premier League fixtures this season.

However, the consecutive run of top-flight matches in which United have conceded was stretched to five by Victor Camarasa's penalty in South Wales and then six when Mathias Jorgensen stabbed home an 88th-minute consolation for our Boxing Day visitors following a free-kick.

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Amid all the new-found positivity under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the lack of shut-outs seems a very minor negative but it's nevertheless still one that Shaw wants to nail, if only to give the United defenders a badge of honour for their otherwise excellent efforts.

“It’s been frustrating [not to keep a clean sheet] because in the last two games we’ve defended really well, especially the two centre-backs,”
Shaw told us ahead of today's home clash with Bournemouth.

“I think Jonah [Phil Jones] and Victor [Lindelof] have been amazing. The defending is much better and we’ve been so close [to a clean sheet]. They’re two set-piece goals [we’ve conceded]. In open play we haven’t really been tested too much.

I think set-pieces are the only thing that have tested us so I think that’s a positive and I’m sure the clean sheet for David [De Gea] will come soon. We just need to keep doing the same things. We need to make Old Trafford a fortress again. I feel we’re on the right track to making that happen and we can’t wait to get back out there in front of our fans and hopefully get the three points.

“First and foremost our job [as defenders] is to defend. Then we can help the attack which has also been good. I think the most important thing now is we’re more clinical. I feel we’ve created chances before but not taken them. Now we're adapting and changing and becoming a more clinical team and that’s shown in the results. We just need to keep that going.”

Shaw shared an insight into the early days of working with club legend Solskjaer, telling us the players are
“enjoying it”
and
“taking on board”
the way the Norwegian wants the Reds to play.

“We were going through a tough time when he came in so I think he knew what was needed, having spent so many years at this club,”
said Luke.

“He knows this club inside out and obviously he worked under one of the best managers in the world [in Sir Alex Ferguson]. I’m sure he took some tips off him. It’s a really positive place at the moment and we’ve got to keep that positivity going.”


MUTV will show the interview with Luke in the build-up to the Bournemouth game. Matchday Live is on air at 15:00 GMT, 90 minutes before kick-off.

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