Luke Shaw cancelled plans to go on holiday this summer in order to prepare for the new season, his manager Jose Mourinho has revealed.
The Manchester United defender broke his leg playing in a Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven in September and only returned in Saturday’s friendly against Wigan Athletic.
Shaw had been targeted by Mourinho at Chelsea when he first signed for the Reds, and the left-back has clearly caught the manager’s eye once more, with the Portuguese admitting his surprise to see the dedicated youngster at the club’s training ground earlier this summer.
Mourinho thought Shaw “couldn’t be ready to train without any type of limitation” but conceded that the left-back “did fantastically well in the summer.”
The Portuguese added that Shaw “sacrificed his holiday” so that he could instead be “at the training ground every day putting himself in condition.” Mourinho also praised Shaw’s effort and said the 21-year-old was even keen to play longer against Wigan on Saturday.
Indeed, Shaw was involved from the start of United’s 2-0 win against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The left-back was impressive, picking up where he left off from the equally fantastic start he made to last season before injury halted his progress. Shaw even looked to be rediscovering a blossoming partnership with Memphis, before the pair were both replaced at half-time.
Shaw was equally delighted to get on the pitch as the United supporters watching his return, with the left-back saying his appearance “feels really good.”
The former Southampton man added that “I haven’t looked back” since returning to training at the end of last season, and that he is now going to continue “doing what I did last year from the start.”
The United youngster also thanked club staff and his family and friends for helping him during his recovery – with the hope being that that will now allow him to push on again in the coming season.