Luke Shaw has revealed the injuries he picked up in his first season at Manchester United “knocked his confidence”.
The 20-year-old full-back has enjoyed an impressive start to the season with both United and England having struggled in his debut year at Old Trafford.
Shaw moved to Manchester United from Southampton last summer for £30million to become the most expensive teenager in football – a record since smashed when the Red Devils moved for Anthony Martial on transfer deadline day.
But, despite starring for Saints in his breakthrough season, a number of injuries and a poor run of form saw him make just 15 Premier League starts as Daley Blind became Louis van Gaal’s first-choice left-back.
This season he has hit the ground running for both club and country and is pleased to have turned things around.
“Obviously last season was very difficult for me,” he said.
“I just feel fresh and fit and hopefully I can get a run of games now and keep my performances up. I trained before I went back to pre-season. That was a massive help to me and now I just want to keep on playing well.
“It was made hard with the injuries that I picked up. I didn’t expect that to happen as much as it did.
“I think that is what knocked my confidence down, I never got fully fit, so whenever I was playing I wasn’t at my best and I didn’t feel at my best. Now I am playing and I feel great.
“To be honest I feel better than I did at Southampton. Game by game I feel like I’m getting stronger, especially in training. I just want to keep it up now and pray there are no injuries.”