Cape Town - Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw admits that he is feeling the pressure of being the most expensive teenage signing ever in football.
The England international joined United from Southampton for £30 million in the off-season, but his time at Old Trafford has not gone as smoothly as he would have hoped.
Shaw made his Red Devils debut in Saturday’s hard-fought 2-1 win over West Ham, and felt that things are finally starting to fall into place.
“There's a lot of pressure on me because I arrived here for a big fee and there's attention that comes with that,” he told theMrror.
“The manager and I talk at the training ground and we have discussions. I feel in good shape.”
Shaw made headlines during United’s pre-season tour of the US, when newly-appointed manager Louis van Gaal instructed him to train alone because he was not fit enough.
The 19-year-old then spent time on the sidelines with a thigh injury, before returning to training near the end of August. He believes Van Gaal made the right choice by asking him to train alone.
“We had a discussion in pre-season and the plan for me was to get my fitness up. It worked, I think, apart from the injury,” he said.
“It was a bit of setback but I’ve worked hard in the last weeks and had some talks. He’s been a great inspiration to me and hopefully I can carry that on.
“Football is my main focus and I want to impress everyone here at United. Hopefully I can take that chance on the field when it comes and show what I can do.”
Shaw look set to continue in the role of left back on Sunday, October 5 as Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford. Kick-off is at 13:00.