Shaw wants to play keep fit after Stoke start

by Richard Laverty

Luke Shaw wants to nail down his place in the Manchester United first team after making his first start in almost two months against Stoke City.

After returning briefly against Spurs last week, Shaw started United’s first game of 2015, playing an hour before being substituted for Adnan Januzaj.

Whilst Ashley Young had been performing well at left wing back, Shaw must have wondered if he’d walk back into the team but a hamstring injury picked up by Young against Stoke has all but confirmed the left-back’s permanent return.

Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Shaw says he is no targeting a run of games in the team.

“I need game time now,” he said.

“I had [around] 60 minutes against Stoke and that was pre-planned. If I had been able to go on longer then I would have done, but I think the main thing for me now is to get a run of games together.

“It was a great feeling watching the team do well [in my absence]. We always want to win the games and now I am back fit I want to be a part of the winning run.”

The 19-year-old also had plenty of praise for his replacement for the job he’d done in Shaw’s absence.

He added: “There’s massive competition for me. I think it’s a big credit to Ashley Young. He has been superb, one of our best players for the last four or five matches. It’s just unfortunate for him that’s he got this injury now. I hope it’s not too bad. I hope he comes fighting back again.”

With Young injured and Shaw needing more game time, Yeovil on Sunday will be the perfect match for the teenager to pick up some more minutes.

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