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Luke Shaw claims Manchester United are still in the title race

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Manchester United left back Luke Shaw believes that the Red Devils are still in contention for the Premier League title, despite the fact they are sitting 8th in the table and 10 points off leaders Chelsea.

Shaw, who started the game in United's thrilling 1-1 draw with Chelsea over the weekend, claims his side are still playing below their potential and will be a scary prospect for opposition teams once they hit top gear. 

Shaw's claims

"Of course we are still in the title race," the United defender said, according to the Daily Mail.

"It's a long season and we are at the start of it. You don't know what will happen during the middle of the season."

"It's a long season and we are at the start of it. You don't know what will happen during the middle of the season."

"It will take time but when we are all on form I think we are going to be a scary team to face."

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United travel to Manchester City next in what appears to be their biggest test of the season. 

Derby importance

If Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera are fit for the game against City, United could field six players who have never experienced a Manchester derby before. But 19-year-old Shaw insists that all new signings, including him, are acutely aware of the fixture's importance to the clubs' fans. 

"It's pretty obvious what this match means to the fans and the club. I don't think I need to be told about it and the other (new signings) will be aware too," he said.

"I've watched it for the past years and I've seen how much it means to everyone."

Shaw further went on to claim that the Manchester derby is one of the biggest fixtures in world football and only falls behind the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions League finals. 

"It's one of the biggest occasions in football after the World Cups and Champions League finals," he added. 

"It's a massive occasion for everyone involved in it. We need to come out firing on Sunday."

Favourite derby and Rooney's importance

Shaw has picked out United's 2-1 victory over City back in 2011 as his favourite Manchester derby, a game which saw one of the greatest goals ever scored in Premier League history by Wayne Rooney. The current United captain's spectacular bicycle kick sealed the game with just 12 minutes left on the clock. 

Rooney is expected to slot in the starting XI against City after serving a 3 game suspension and Shaw believes his captain will be itching for a match winning performance on his return.

"It's a massive boost for us to have him back," Shaw said.

"It's something I think he's looking forward to. Wayne hates sitting on the sidelines watching."

"That goal (in 2011) was an unbelievable goal in a match that big. It was something special."

"That goal (in 2011) was an unbelievable goal in a match that big. It was something special."

Changed allegiance

Shaw's father Paul was big Chelsea fan and used to take his son to watch the Blues at Stamford Bridge. But the Londoner is as much a red now as his son is. Shaw Sr. was in the stands during United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford.

"My dad is a United fan now. He's not Chelsea any more," Shaw said with a smile.

"He is a United fan now and he won't be too happy (with Sunday's result) because he wanted us to win really badly."

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