Manchester United: Luke Shaw ‘always believed’ he would be okay for the Europa League final

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Luke Shaw ‘always believed’ he would get well at Manchester United after ‘digging deep’ as he feels his return to form shows he was right to ignore advice to leave Old Trafford

  • Man United star Luke Shaw has reflected on his turbulent career at Old Trafford
  • He came over from Southampton for £ 30 million but failed to find his best form
  • The defender had to “dig deep” because he fell out of favor
  • Now Shaw has turned things around and ‘always believed’ he would make it
  • He says his decision to call to leave the club is now justified

Luke Shaw will get out of Gdansk Stadium on Wednesday evening, happy to finally play in a cup final and grateful for ignoring advice to leave Manchester United.

Shaw has missed four finals since arriving at Old Trafford seven years ago, twice due to injury and twice more because he fell out of favor under Jose Mourinho. It was during those dark times with Mourinho that Shaw could have left had it not been for the support of his family and partner Anouska, mother of his infant son Reign.

The decision to stay paid off with Shaw enjoying his best season with United. The 25-year-old defender was named Player of the Year and will be named in England’s roster for Euro 2020 on Tuesday after earning an international recall.

Man United star Luke Shaw was always confident that he would live up to his potential at the club

Man United star Luke Shaw was always confident that he would live up to his potential at the club

The defender has gone through tough bouts since joining in 2014, but 'dug deep' to improve

The defender has gone through tough bouts since joining in 2014, but 'dug deep' to improve

The defender has gone through tough bouts since joining in 2014, but ‘dug deep’ to improve

“I always thought I could,” Shaw said. ‘When I was going through bad times and not playing, people said I had to play somewhere else.

‘Nobody wants to leave the biggest club in the world. I believe there was a reason why I was brought here and I didn’t want to leave and show what I can do.

‘I dug deep and I didn’t let anyone influence me. Now I am on a much better path. The things I’ve been through, had I not had the support, I would have struggled even more. Especially my mom and dad and Anouska knew about my struggles and they have been so supportive.

Shaw, who has been one of United's top performers this year, feels he was right to ignore advice to leave Old Trafford

Shaw, who has been one of United's top performers this year, feels he was right to ignore advice to leave Old Trafford

Shaw, who has been one of United’s top performers this year, feels he was right to ignore advice to leave Old Trafford

He hopes to end his revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a win in the Europa League final

He hopes to end his revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a win in the Europa League final

He hopes to end his revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a win in the Europa League final

‘Before the start of the season, I had a conversation with my girlfriend about what my goals were. She pushed me and kept me on the right track. She and the little one helped me out of football and it is nice to know that you are returning to a loving home. You grow up much more when you’ve had a child. ‘

Shaw, who was one of four United players on crutches when Mourinho won the Europa League in 2017, hopes to make up for his disappointments in the cup final. “It’s different when you don’t play,” he added.

‘Big games are great opportunities to show yourself and I feel like I missed them. Hopefully I can participate in the final this time and win it. ‘

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