Luke Shaw explains reasons behind switching to No.23 at Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Luke Shaw has explained the decision behind his switch to the No.23 shirt at Manchester United.

The 20-year-old England international surprised fans this week by reverting back to the No.23 shirt, the number that he wore while at previous club Southampton.

The number has been made famous through sport by the likes of David Beckham and Michael Jordan, and it now seems that Shaw feels more comfortable with his new squad number.

With many Man United fans believing the youngster would inherit Patrice Evra’s number for the club in the long-term, Shaw has cleared up any confusion over his decision to revert back to his favoured No.23.

He said: “I wanted to be 23 last season when I came but Tom Cleverley was already that number so I couldn’t take it. Obviously he’s left, so I thought I’d go back to my original number, 23.

“It’s where I started from. It’s the number I feel comfortable with and it’s probably the number that I want to carry on with until I finish my career.”

With such an injury-ravaged campaign last season, United supporters will be hopeful of seeing Shaw firing on all cylinders this year, and if his pre-season performances are anything to go by, the youngster looks set to have a promising year ahead of him.

Shaw also seems to have a perfect attitude to succeed at United and was recently praised for taking a club doctor on holiday to Dubai with him in a bid to improve his fitness for the season ahead.

It seems that by switching to his preferred shirt number and taking training so seriously, the youngster is doing everything possible to establish himself as a integral part of United’s team.

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