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Luke Shaw promises to improve Manchester United performances

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Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw admits he is yet to find his best form at Old Trafford, but has promised supporters his performances will improve as the season progresses.

The 19-year-old defender joined the Red Devils in a £30 million deal from Southampton in the summer, arriving with a glowing reputation as an up-and-coming star of the future.

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Shaw's impressive performances at St Mary's during the 2013/14 campaign earned him a surprise call-up to England's World Cup squad, and after the tournament in Brazil secured his big-money transfer to Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal has high hopes for the talented teenager to make the first-team spot on the left side of defence his own for the foreseeable future, but a combination of injury problems and lack of pre-season fitness have hampered his start to life with the Premier League giants.

"They haven't seen the best of me yet," Shaw is quoted saying by FourFourTwo. "I know I haven't been up to my full potential and I think maybe people can see that at the moment.

"I am trying hard and it's about getting used to everything.

"When you come to a club like this it's never easy for a young player like me. But I'll get myself started soon and put in good performances."

The former Saints scholar came into criticism following another under-par performance against West Brom last night, with his first 45 minutes at The Hawthorns in particular sparking frustration from Manchester United fans on social media.

Frustration

In truth, the entire team failed to reach the required level that has become expected from Red Devils sides over the years, with Van Gaal's poor away record extending after another disappointing 2-2 draw.

However, Shaw remains optimistic that the Manchester United team will enjoy a significant upturn in form as the players continue to work hard on the training ground in a bid to improve their performances.

Reflecting on his own personal development the youngster maintained a typically positive outlook, and insisted that he's striving to be better ahead of next weekend's clash against table-topping Chelsea.

"I wouldn't say I've been horrendous but I know I can do much better," he added. "And I need to do better.

"I've come to Manchester United and I know what they need. I've been working hard and the performances will come."

The fact Manchester United paid so much money - a record fee for a teenager - to bring Shaw to Old Trafford has done little to ease the pressure and weight of expectation on the youngster's shoulders, with the full-back also believed to be pocketing around £120,000-a-week in wages.

Red Devils fans will be hoping to see a return on the club's investment in the not too distant future, and there's no better place to start doing that when Jose Mourinho's men arrive in Manchester next Sunday.

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