Shaw explains his positive mindset
Watch as Luke goes deep on his desire to win trophies, improve and handle the pressure of playing for United...
Luke, you’ve had your ups and downs at Man United, but you’ve been around squads that have won trophies and been successful. You’ve not played in a final yet: how much of an ambition is that? I’m guessing that’s why you came here in the first place… LS: Of course. It’s a massive ambition for me. Obviously, I was there for the Europa League final and I was around it and the feeling, even though I wasn’t on the pitch, the feeling in the dressing room after was one that I’ve not felt and a feeling I wanted more of. Of course I wasn’t involved and I think that’s what’s pushing me on even more to get to this final and be in final. We’re Manchester United, we should be in finals. We should be in all competitions until the end. We’re going to keep fighting; we’re very confident at the moment and very focused on the job we have tomorrow. We need to go in full of confidence. I think the boys and are and we need to get a result. They’re a great team but we want to get as far as possible in this competition. Luke, we remember your great start to the season the year you suffered that injury in Eindhoven. You started lasts season well, but your form over the last month has got a lot of plaudits. Do you think you’re near career-best form? LS: Maybe, but like you said, I’m still quite young. I know I still have quite a lot I can improve on and I want to improve as a player. I have to do that day in, day out. I just need to keep working hard and ignore what is said in the media. I don’t think I need to pay too much attention to what people are saying now because it’s sometimes good and sometimes bad and you’ve juts got to focus on yourself and listen to the people in and around this training ground and what they’ve got to say. That’s the most important. I feel really good and I’m just looking forward to tomorrow’s game and I’m just looking to get out on that pitch.Q: Do you blank out all the criticism? LS: I’ve had a lot and to be fair, if you’re coming to Manchester United you need to be able to take that. We’re at the biggest club in the world and people are always going to be looking to criticise you. Rightly so because of how big this club is and there is only high standards here. We’re footballers, we need to be able to take it and be strong. The most important thing is we need to be on the pitch when it matters and give everything we’ve got. Does it take a while to get used to the level of exposure you have when you’re at Man United. Is it different from another club? LS: Yeah, of course it is. It’s completely different to the clubs. Everyone, when you sign that piece of paper, you know how different it’s going to be and what the expectations are and how high they are. You have to be able to deal with and if you’re not strong mentality and confident in yourself you’ll struggle to deal with it. We’ve just got to focus on tomorrow and we’ll do you best. You were nodding along to Ole when he talked about the defence in the training ground. How have you adapted into that new position? LS: I played it a couple of times last season and I enjoyed it. It’s a role I have been enjoying and it’s too much different to left-back. I’m still kind of in my position and I’m enjoying it. I’ve said before that wherever the manger wants me to play, I’m happy to play and happy to be on the pitch and to give my all for the team. Last time this club won the competition, the league had to be sacrificed., What are your thoughts on the balance between the two? LS: We’re still in two cup competitions and the league is still a very high priority. We’ve got to prioritise all of them. We’ve got a good chance to get in the top four, we’re closing the gap. But we’ve also got a very good chance in both cup competitions. Whatever we’ve got left we want to win all of them.