I almost had my leg amputated - United's Shaw reveals severity of injury

Lynette Rowe
September 9, 2018

Shaw has recently shown some good form for United, and has played his way back into the national team set-up.

Shaw admits he has not always been as focused mentally as he might be on what it takes to move from a promising young player to an established worldwide.

Shaw has only played seven minutes of global football in the three years since as he has struggled to hold down a place in the United team until the start of this season.

The 23-year-old was named the Player of the Month for his club thanks to his resurgence, which began with a dedicated training regime over the summer.

Despite missing out on the squad, Shaw has made a bright start to the season.

He was not featured since 2017, set his worldwide return as he is preparing for England's UEFA Nations League clash against Switzerland.

His form and physical condition have been called into question by Jose Mourinho at times, while England boss Gareth Southgate has suggested that a man who burst onto the scene at Southampton while still in his teens initially struggled to recognise the demands of being an elite performer.

"You guys will probably know because it's always in the news". That's fair, you could say. "I always say I'm a hard trainer, I want to improve every day".

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'I wouldn't say I made massive changes on the nutrition side.

"I've matured, grown up". I just needed to see it myself, to want to prove people wrong and get back to doing what I do best.

Visually, Shaw's performances for Manchester United have been far more impressive this season, and the intriguing statistics above just emphasise what we have seen this season, as the 23-year-old is eclipsing last year's records easily this campaign. Especially after the leg break: that was a very tough time.

Fellow fan J.A.O. feels the full-back has been the deserving victor of the club's Player of the Month award, something Shaw himself would not have imagined this time a year ago. I think the way the whole World Cup went, we connected even more with the fans than we had over the past four or five years.

"It was gutting to not be there, but I understand it was the right choice from Gareth".

"In periods when everything was going really well, I may have taken my foot off the pedal and got comfortable where I was at, not carrying on to the next level", said Shaw.

"I've not done that often enough". Maybe he was right but I don't want to keep focusing on that. I want to be winning trophies and doing this kind of stuff.

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