Shaw just wants Mour­inho to trust him again

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MANCH­ESTER UNITED left-back Luke Shaw didn’t even merit a place on the bench as his side were crushed 4-0 by Chelsea on Sun­day but he hopes an in­jury to Eric Bailly will give him the chance to re­gain man­ager Jose Mour­inho’s trust.

Cen­tre-back Bailly could be out of ac­tion for up to two months af­ter pick­ing up a knee in­jury against Chelsea, which could see Da­ley Blind shifted from the left to re­place him and open up a spot for Shaw.

Shaw has had a mixed start to the cam­paign and lost his place in the start­ing XI af­ter Mour­inho pub­licly crit­i­cised the 21-year-old fol­low­ing United’s loss at Wat­ford last month.

“It’s nor­mal you’re frus­trated on Sun­day be­cause I would have loved to play in that game (against Chelsea),” Shaw said. “But it ob­vi­ously wasn’t meant to be and at the end of the day it is the man­ager’s de­ci­sion.

“Ob­vi­ously with the in­jury with Eric now it might be my time to step up and show the man­ager what I can do and that he can trust me.”

Shaw started at left- back on Wed­nes­day in United’s 1-0 win over Manch­ester City in the League Cup. United, who are sev­enth in the ta­ble, host 14th-placed Burn­ley in the Pre­mier League at Old Traf­ford to­day.

● Tottenham Hot­spur take on league cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City at White Hart Lane to­day as gen­uine ti­tle con­tenders, says Spurs’ for­mer cap­tain Led­ley King.

Hav­ing gone toe-to-toe with the Foxes last sea­son be­fore fin­ish­ing third, Tottenham are un­beaten in the league this term and sit fifth, just one point be­hind lead­ers City.

“Every­one wanted to see how Spurs would bounce back af­ter the end of last sea­son and I think they’ve shown they are a team that have to be taken se­ri­ously as ti­tle con­tenders,” King said.

“I’ve been very im­pressed with them so far this sea­son. Even when the team haven’t played to their best they’ve still man­aged to find a way to get a re­sult, and that’s what you need to do if you want to be a team that tries to win the league.”

By con­trast, Le­ices­ter have strug­gled to re­peat the form that won them the ti­tle for the first time in their his­tory, los­ing four of their nine league games so far, one more than in the en­tire 2015-16 cam­paign.

King, whose ca­reer was in­ter­rupted and even­tu­ally fin­ished by re­cur­ring knee in­juries, ex­pects Spurs to ig­nore any temp­ta­tion to see to­day’s match as a chance to set­tle a score. “The team won’t be look­ing at this game as an op­por­tu­nity to get one over on them, said the 36-yearold, who is now an am­bas­sador for the club.

“They’ll be very fo­cused on the agenda and that is win­ning games no mat­ter who they are play­ing against.

“It’s go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game. Le­ices­ter don’t need much of the ball but they’re dan­ger­ous on the counter so it’s not a game we can take lightly.”

King doesn’t be­lieve ei­ther side will be af­fected by their re­spec­tive Cham­pi­ons League matches which fol­low next week. “On Satur­day, the play­ers will be fo­cused on the 90 min­utes in front of them,” he added. “Ob­vi­ously in­volve­ment in the Cham­pi­ons League is great for both clubs, but this is the bread and but­ter.

“If you want the op­por­tu­nity to play in those big games then you’ve got to do well in the league, so it’s im­por­tant their fo­cus is on this game.”

King, who re­tired in July 2012 hav­ing made 268 ap­pear­ances for the Lon­don club, ad­mit­ted watch­ing Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s Tottenham team leaves him en­vi­ous at times.

“This is a Spurs side I would have loved to play in, for sure. They’re very de­fen­sively solid but this team has a great work ethic,” he said.

“When you’re a de­fender and you see the play­ers in front of you work­ing hard to make sure you don’t con- cede, it makes every­one’s job eas­ier.”

● Liver­pool have found their iden­tity un­der man­ager Jur­gen Klopp, who has trans­formed the Reds into gen­uine ti­tle con­tenders this sea­son, for­mer United boss Alex Fer­gu­son has said.

Liver­pool have won nine of their 12 games in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son and are third in the league.

“He has done a re­ally good job and re­vived Liver­pool’s en­thu­si­asm,” Fer­gu­son, who won the league 13 times, said. “It can hap­pen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liver­pool changed man­agers with­out build­ing their own iden­tity.

“You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year. You can see Klopp’s ded­i­ca­tion on the side­line, I’m con­vinced his work in train­ing is sim­i­lar. He’s a strong per­son­al­ity. That’s ab­so­lutely vi­tal at a big club.

“I’m wor­ried about him be­cause the one thing United don’t want is Liver­pool to get above us.” – Reuters

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