Manchester United Football Club takes on Anderlecht in their Europa League quarter-final tomorrow, in an eagerly anticipated clash. A place in the final four is at stake, and obviously, everyone wants to be involved in these high calibre matches.
One man who is seemingly back in the good books of the boss following an excellent performance is Luke Shaw. The 21-year-old acquitted himself brilliantly against Sunderland at the weekend, and he also left the game with an assist to his name.
Now, he has been speaking to the media about all sorts of subjects regarding United. He has said that every single game is huge from here on out and the players have to give everything they’ve got. He also added that he’s trying desperately to impress the gaffer in training, in order to get starts in these types of intense matches.
“Every single game is massive now, but I think the one on Thursday is huge. We have to treat every game in that competition now like it’s a final. We want to win that tournament,” Shaw is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.
“We fight for whatever we have got left, we have to have that mentality where every game is a cup final and not worry about which competition it is in. But the Europa League is a massive thing for us now, it’s a trophy and it gives us qualification for the Champions League. We have to look at that as the priority now. We’ve got to fight for that.”
“Anderlecht will be tough, every team left in this stage of the competition will have quality. We’ve got to focus all week on what their strengths and weaknesses are, but most of all we need to focus on ourselves, what we do and how we play. With the players we have got, we can be unstoppable.”
“It is a really big opportunity for us to get to the final. I’d love to play in the games coming up and especially with the Europa League to help the team push towards the final.”
“Everyone is fighting for a place in that squad now. Everyone is training hard and I am trying to impress the manager because the games at the end are the big games. The final, the quarters-finals, the semis are the games you want to be playing in.”
This is just the perfect attitude to have. Shaw is obviously a talented lad, and I’d definitely say that luck hasn’t been on his side since he moved to Manchester United. That horrific leg-break seems to have knocked his confidence down a peg or two and it will take time to come back from.
I feel that he’s now begun his road to recovery with the manager and that’s a good starting point. This has to be viewed as just the beginning for him though, because he really does have the potential to be a world-class left-back.