‘I can see things getting much better’ - Luke Shaw reveals Man Utd hope ahead of new season

Luke Shaw said he is hopeful things will 'get better' at Manchester UnitedLuke Shaw said he is hopeful things will 'get better' at Manchester United
Luke Shaw said he is hopeful things will 'get better' at Manchester United | AFP via Getty Images
The Manchester United defender also revealed he received a ‘cheeky message’ from Erik ten Hag ahead of the Euros semi-final.

Luke Shaw has said he feel Manchester United are in the ‘right place’ and said he hopes things will get ‘much better’.

The defender knows better than anyone after a decade at Old Trafford that has seen more lows than highs. But Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s purchase of a minority stake earlier this year has given real hope that the new Ineos regime will deliver on-field success.

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There have already been several high-profile appointments - such as Dan Ashworh, Omar Berrada and Jason Wilcox - while Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff is set to be bolstered by the appointment of three new hires. For that reason, Shaw hopes the club are moving in the right direction.

“I don’t want to talk too much about Manchester but I think it’s in the right place now with the boss signing a new contract and the new owners that have come in,” the left-back said ahead of England’s Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands on Wednesday night. 

“I think things are looking really positive. There's a real buzz around the place and I can see things getting much better than they have been.”

Perhaps the key decision made by Ineos this summer was opting to stick with manager Erik ten Hag. Despite speaking to several potential replacements, United ultimately stuck with the Dutchman, something that Shaw claimed he always expected.

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“I think, firstly, it wasn’t really a surprise,” he said. “I think everyone knew he was going to sign and everyone was very pleased. You look at the last two years and he’s had a trophy in each season. There has been a bit of success and I think there’s more to come.

“I spoke to him a couple of times and the medical camp,” added Shaw, who played his first minutes on Saturday since February due to a long-term injury. “We‘ve been very close because of what has been going on. We’ve touched base quite a lot to be honest and I think they’re in touch with England a lot too.”

Asked whether he’d received any advice from Ten Hag ahead of the game, Shaw added: “No he didn’t but he sent me a little cheeky message about the game. It was funny. I’m not saying - ask him.”

In a wide-ranging Q&A, the former Southampton man also said he is fit to start on Wednesday against the Netherlands, but added he feared at one point that a mid-tournament injury setback would spell the end of his involvement at Euro 2024. “It was just in training and I overstretched. I was only minor and I’m here now,” he explained.

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