'I want to be at this place' - Luke Shaw with the kind of defiant message Jose Mourinho might like to hear
Mourinho suggested earlier this month that Shaw was ‘a long way’ from a first team recall as he questioned his attitude and commitment in training.
The United boss then had a rapid change of heart as he handed Shaw a recall to his squad a few days later and then gave him a rare Premier League start in Sunday’s 3-0 win against Sunderland.
That has fuelled the 21-year-old defender’s hopes of being involved in Thursday’s Europa League clash against Anderlecht, with Shaw clearly thrilled by his unexpectedly swift return to Mourinho’s plans.
“I’ve got a massive smile on my face,” Shaw said after just his second Premier League start in over five months.
“It’s great to have got 60 minutes under my belt and to help the team get the victory we needed.
“I wanted to play 90 minutes but it is the manager’s call and I think the manager made a good decision to sort of make sure I didn’t get that second yellow.
“I felt really good, felt really fit and now on from here I just want to work hard in training and keep playing games. I feel really good, I feel really confident.
“I took what the manager said on board and, like I said, I will work hard until the end.
“I want to be at this place and hopefully I can carry on giving great performances for the club until the end of the season.”
Mourinho's men continue their tilt at continental trophy success when they face Anderlecht in the first leg of their quarter-final on Thursday - a trip to Belgium that Shaw, back from the cold, says they approach brimming with confidence.
"Every single game is massive now, but I think the one on Thursday is huge," added Shaw.
"We have to treat every game in that competition now like it's a final. We want to win that tournament.
"We fight for whatever we have got left, I just think we have to have that mentality where every game is a cup final and not worry about which competition it is in.
"But, yeah, the Europa League is a massive thing for us now - it's a trophy and it gives us qualification for the Champions League."