Luke Shaw vows to win over Jose

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

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.

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