Shaw boosted by Man United struggles

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Luke Shaw says the challenges he faced with Manchester United last season have only made him more determined to become a success at Old Trafford.

The England international joined the Red Devils from Southampton in a £30m switch last year, which made him the most expensive teenager in football, but a series of injuries and below-par performances saw him struggle to hold down a starting berth.

However, the now 20-year-old looks to have put those problems behind him and has enjoyed a bright start to the new campaign, and the full-back admits that is down to his determination to avoid a repeat of last term.

"Obviously last season was very difficult for me," he said. "I just feel fresh and fit and hopefully I can get a run of games now and keep my performances up.

"I trained before I went back to pre-season. That was a massive help to me and now I just want to keep on playing well.

"It was made hard with the injuries that I picked up. I didn't expect that to happen as much as it did.

"I think that is what knocked my confidence down, I never got fully fit, so whenever I was playing, I wasn't at my best and I didn't feel at my best. Now I am playing and I feel great.

"To be honest I feel better than I did at Southampton. Game by game, I feel like I'm getting stronger, especially in training. I just want to keep it up now and pray there are no injuries."