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United's Shaw ready for Europa start

2016-10-20 14:14
Luke Shaw (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Luke Shaw says he's ready to make his Manchester United return ahead of the club's Europa League clash with Fenerbahce on Thursday evening.

The 21-year-old played a couple of stoppage-time minutes in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Monday, having been sidelined since picking up a groin injury in the 3-1 loss to Watford in September.

He was heavily criticised by United boss Jose Mourinho for mistakes that led to a goal in that match, but having recently returned to full fitness following a lengthy leg-break lay-off, it was felt by fans and sections of the media that his manager was harsh to blame the young defender.

After Mourinho confirmed that Shaw would start against the Turkish side, the former Southampton star said: "I'm feeling really good.

"I had a little bit of a problem with my groin from the Watford game but I've had some time out and I've trained really hard for the last week, so I'm ready to get back playing."

And on the criticism he received from Mourinho, he added: "I'm a grown man now and I can take what the manager said.

"I think I'm still young and I need to take on board what he says and to improve. You've got to listen to what your coaches say and have a good attitude about it.

"Obviously I was disappointed with the result but not with what the manager said. I took it on board because I'm looking to improve and hopefully I do that in the next few matches."

Shaw also revealed he was looking forward to facing former United striker Robin van Persie.

"He is definitely a threat and we know what his qualities are," Shaw said. "But sometimes with quality like that, even though you know what he might do, it's very hard to stop.

"I only spent a year with him but I managed to see how good he was in training and in games when he played. We know what quality we need to prepare for but of course we're focusing on their whole team, not just one player."

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