Sunday 16 June 2019

Luke Shaw: We still give Ashley Young grief over catching bird poo in his mouth

Ashley Young was rousing his team mates when this happened
Ashley Young was rousing his team mates when this happened

Mark Ogden

Luke Shaw has claimed his debut season at Manchester United would rate no better than a ‘C minus’ following his £28m summer move from Southampton.

The 19-year-old became football’s most expensive teenager by leaving St Mary’s for Old Trafford, but his year at United has been persistently interrupted by injury problems - the latest of which will keep the England left-back out of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.

Shaw has made just 17 first-team appearances after having his fitness criticised by manager Louis van Gaal last summer and seen Daley Blind impress in his absence in recent weeks.

But despite the setbacks he has suffered, Shaw still claims he is one of the ‘luckiest 19 year olds alive’ in an interview with Match of the Day magazine

“It’s been a frustrating one because of the injuries I’ve picked up but I’m loving it (at United),” Shaw said.

“If I was to write a school report on my first season here I’d give myself a C-.

“You don’t realise just how big Man United is until you’re actually here – it’s frightening! It is the biggest club around.

“I’m playing with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Di Maria, Falcao and it’s weird because my friends always talk about them, saying how good they are and I’m just thinking “Wow, I play with them!”

“I’m probably one of the luckiest 19 year olds to be alive.”

Shaw admits he has settled into the United squad because of the spirit within the group, citing goalkeeper David de Gea and winger Ashley Young has big personalities in the dressing-room

“David De Gea is funny, he’s kind, if you want to talk to him you can talk to him,” Shaw said. “He’s the nicest guy in football.

“He’s been unbelievable for us this season and kept us in so many games, he’s starting to become the best goalkeeper in the world.”

“We’ve got a few Spanish speaking players and they’re always playing their music and dancing around – the English lads hate it. Sometimes we can’t understand them, they say stuff to us and we’re like ‘What?’”

“Ashley Young is the joker in the dressing room. We still laugh about the time he got bird poo in his mouth against Swansea.

“If you ask him now, he’ll say it wasn’t bird poo. In the changing room we hung a fake bird above his place as a joke which he didn’t like.”

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