Luke Shaw has expressed his desire to win trophies for both club and country in the future.
The 21-year-old returned from a ten month spell on the sidelines in June, and has seamlessly resumed his status as Manchester United’s first choice left-back after a string of excellent performances under Jose Mourinho.
Shaw’s incredible resurgence after such a severe injury has precipitated a reintroduction into the fold with England for the first time since the World Cup in 2014.
Speaking ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier with Slovakia, the defender outlined his aspirations for the future with Manchester United and England.
“Of course I don’t want people to know me as the left-back who broke his leg when he was young,” he said.
“I want to be winning trophies, not just with United but with England as well. I want them to know me for how I play on the pitch and for how many trophies I hopefully win.
“I don’t mind answering questions about my leg. I think sometimes people don’t like talking about it, but I’m not bothered.
“I wasn’t bothered watching videos of it or pictures of my leg. That might sound a bit weird but I feel comfortable talking about it because now I feel stronger than ever.”
Shaw’s double leg fracture against PSV Eindhoven was an illustration of football at its absolute cruellest: an astonishing start to the season, a whole career ahead of him – the world was his oyster. But then, for some inexplicable reason, the youngster’s world came crashing down. An injury of that severity, inflicted on somebody so young, marked Shaw’s end in my eyes.
But how wonderfully wrong I turned out to be. Not only has Shaw rediscovered his lofty standards of last season; he has surpassed them, acting as a never-ending source of stability, energy and attacking impetus on the left hand side, giving width and dynamism to a side that looked stagnant on so many occasions last year.
And as Shaw prepares to make his long-awaited return to the national side, he now has the opportunity to make the left-back spot – with both club and country – his own for years to come.