Manchester United defender Luke Shaw admits he thought he might never play football again after suffering a horrific injury.
Shaw suffered a double leg break in Manchester United’s 2-1 Champions League loss at PSV Eindhoven last September, and after 10 months in recovery, he finally made his first appearance in Saturday’s friendly against Wigan.
It was an emotional afternoon for Shaw in front of his family and United’s fans.
Can't describe how I felt today being back out on the pitch again. But thank you to all the fans for the support I received today ??☺️
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) July 16, 2016
“[It was] not a fear but when I first did it, the first thoughts that went through my head were ‘am I going to play football again?’ or ‘how long am I going to be out for?’,” Shaw said.
“It wasn’t too much the pain because I could deal with that at that point but, yeah, there was a fear of how long it was going to take or even if I was going to get back playing football. But as I went through it I knew I was coming back.
“I think now I’m just looking past it and I am not going to look back, I’m just going to look forward now and obviously my leg feels great.
“I just want to push on in this pre-season and get fully fit.”
Shaw is understandably excited about the new era ahead at United under new manager Jose Mourinho, and hopes to play a significant part.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 16, 2016
“We’ve done a couple of weeks now and I’ve spoken to him [Mourinho] a couple of times and obviously all the others players have talked as well,” he said.
“I think we are going to be challenging for every sort of title that we can go for this season.
“We all feel that it’s a fresh, new start with a new manager and we’re bringing in some great players.
“Maybe there’s a couple more to come, you never know, but I think we all feel strong as a group and it’s important now to sort out the tactical side of what Jose wants us to do in games.
“So we’re practicing that in training sessions and hopefully we can take that into games and show a very strong side.”
— Memphis (@Memphis) July 16, 2016