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Luke Shaw aiming to put fitness troubles behind him

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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is targeting consistency after making his first start for the club since the victory over Arsenal back in November. 

The England left-back has spent the majority of his time at Old Trafford on the sidelines since his summer move from Southampton, but is targeting a regular run in the side to help him justify his £30 million price tag. 

Interest

After signing on at the Theatre of Dreams amid interest from Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Shaw is the man entrusted with the task of filling the void left by Patrice Evra's departure to Serie A side Juventus. 

Louis Van Gaal slammed him for his weight early into his time at Old Trafford, but he has since slimmed down and when fit is one of the first names on the team-sheet. 

Absence

Ashley Young has been in stunning form in his teammate's absence, but after picking up an injury against Stoke City on New Year's Day will now be out for around three weeks. 

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Shaw is set to play a pivitol role in United's quest to secure a swift return to the Champions League after featuring in Thursday's match at the Britannia stadium. 

"Coming to Stoke is always going to be a battle, with a lot of balls in the air so it was tough for me," the 19-year-old told the club website. 

Points

"We always want to get maximum points when we come away. We didn't do that, it wasn't our day, so we're going to have to focus on the next game [at Yeovil Town in the FA Cup].

"I need game time now. I had around 60 minutes against Stoke and that was pre-planned. If I had been able to go on longer then I would have done, but I think the main thing for me now is to get a run of games together.

Watching

"It was a great feeling watching the team do well in my absence. We always want to win the games and now I am back fit I want to be a part of the winning run.

"There's massive competition for me. I think it's a big credit to Ashley Young. He has been superb, one of our best players for the last four or five matches. It's just unfortunate for him that's he got this injury now. I hope it's not too bad. I hope he comes fighting back again."

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