Luke Shaw vows to win over Jose
LUKE Shaw has vowed to knuckle down and fight for his place at Man United — even though he is not convinced he has a future there.
Shaw, 21, came through a practice match in front of Jose Mourinho on Friday, days after being publicly berated by the manager for his late withdrawal from last weekend’s 3-1 win at Swansea. Shaw joined other United players not on international duty in a game against the club’s under-23s side at the Carrington training ground.
The left-back, who was signed from Southampton for £30m two years ago, hopes he has convinced Mourinho of his fitness and desire, and that he has done enough to play at home to Arsenal on Saturday.
He and Chris Smalling had been singled out by Mourinho who claimed some of his players lacked the mental toughness to play through pain.
Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia is pushing for a surprising return to first-team action only three weeks after breaking his arm against Manchester City.
Valencia has made remarkable progress since undergoing surgery for the injury sustained on October 27 and could even face Arsenal next Saturday.
When the Ecuador international first released post-operation pictures of his cast, it was feared he may be out for longer than a month though United never officially put a date on his return.