'I wondered was I ever going to play again' - Luke Shaw on his horror leg break
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw admits he feared his career may be under threat after his horrific leg break in last season’s Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven.
Shaw is on his way back to full fitness as he looks to nail down a place in Jose Mourinho’s revamped United team, having spent his summer working with a personal trainer in a bid to ensure he will be up to full speed for the first game of the season.
Speaking on United’s pre-season tour of China, Shaw opened up about his agonies since the injury last September and his long recovery.
“When I first did it the first thoughts that went through my head were ‘am I going to play football again?’ and ‘how long am I going to be out for?’“ said Shaw.
“I wasn’t thinking too much of the pain because I can deal with that at that point, but yes there was a fear of how long it was going to take or even if I was going to get back playing football.
“I think now I’m just looking past it, I’m not going to look back, I’m just going to look forward now and obviously my leg feels great and you know I just want to push on in this pre-season and get fully fit.
“When I had my first game on Saturday against Wigan, I felt so emotional.
“The way the crowd were with me, the cheers when I first had my first touch... you know that meant a lot to me. Obviously my family were there to see it and like I said it was the best feeling.”
Shaw is relishing the chance to work with new United boss Mourinho, who tried to sign him in his days as Chelsea manager and he has backed the Portuguese tactician to guide the club back to the top this season.
“I think we are going to be challenging for every sort of title that we can go for this season,” he said.
“We all feel strong as a group and it’s important now to sort out the tactical side of what Jose wants us to do in games, so we’re practicing that in training sessions and hopefully we can take that into games and show a very strong side.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him (Mourinho). We’ve done a couple of weeks now and I’ve spoken to him a couple of times and obviously the others players have talked to him as well. It’s been great so far.”