Luke Shaw claims being on the sidelines for Manchester United’s 2017 Europa League success is motivating him to lift the trophy this season.
Shaw was crocked with a foot injury when United beat Ajax in the final in Stockholm to complete a cup double in Jose Mourinho’s first season.
The defender, who also missed United’s EFL Cup triumph that season and their 2016 FA Cup success, remembers his team-mates’ celebrations and is desperate to experience that feeling.
“It’s a massive ambition for me,” said Shaw. “I was there for the Europa League Final and the feeling, even though I wasn’t on the pitch, was a feeling I’ve not felt before and I want more of it.
“I wasn’t involved and that’s what is pushing me on even more to get into this final, and others.
“We should be in finals and we should be in all competitions until the end. We are very confident at the moment.”
Shaw, 24, can expect to line up in tonight’s Europa League last 32 second leg against Bruges at Old Trafford and he has started United’s last six games.
He has played in his familiar left-back role as well as on the left of a three-man defence and he finally has some momentum in his stop-start United career.
Shaw joined United just before his 19th birthday for £27million in 1994 and says he has learnt to be mentally tough at Old Trafford to cope with all the knocks.
“It’s completely different to other clubs when you sign that piece of paper here,” said Shaw, who played in United’s two Champions League group stage wins over Bruges in 2015. “You know how different it’s going to be and you have to be able to deal with it.
“If you’re not strong mentally and confident you will struggle to deal with it.
“I’ve had a lot of stick and if you come to Manchester United , you need to be able to take that because people are always ready to criticise you.
“There are only high standards here, so we need to be strong on that pitch, when it matters, and give it everything we’ve got.”
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