Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has insisted that he wasn't substituted against Arsenal in the FA Cup back in March over problems with his fitness.
As reported by BT Sport, the youngster, who moved to Old Trafford from Southampton this past summer, has insisted that he was having troubles with his back, which led to Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal replacing him at the interval.
Shaw has endured a tricky debut campaign at the Theatre of Dreams, however he impressed this past weekend as he took to the field for the first time in almost six weeks against Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Despite Van Gaal's side going down by one goal to nil at Stamford Bridge, Shaw proved a threat down the left hand side of the pitch and defended admirably against Jose Mourinho's side.
Shaw has his say
And he now appears determined to kick on at the club as he goes in search of long term success in the game. Speaking to reporters, the left-back said: "I am still young and coming to the biggest club in the world hasn't been easy for me. I haven't been playing and there has been a lot of negative comments about me.
"It is something that isn't nice and I've tried to ignore it, but hopefully the Chelsea game is the start of me coming back. I am positive. It was my first performance for six weeks, so it was great to be back on the pitch.
"I haven't been playing and there have been a lot of negative comments about me. It is something that isn't nice and I've tried to ignore it but hopefully this is the start of me coming back.
"I saw a comment the other day saying I was taken off at half-time against Arsenal because I wasn't fit enough, but that's not true at all. This is coming from me and I know what the manager pulled me off for and it was not for my fitness because I could have carried on in the game.
"I spoke with the manager about it. I felt my back a little bit and he just wanted to be careful because I am young and hopefully have a long future ahead of me."
Van Gaal relationship
And, after starring in west London last Saturday, Shaw has insisted that he's learning a great deal under Van Gaal, insisting that he's enjoying working for the experienced coach.
He continued by saying: "Over the last three weeks, I have learned a lot from him and credit goes to him for trusting me in a big game like this one. He has two sides to him, but he is genuinely a really nice guy and a great manager."
He will be a success
There's no doubt about it, this season has proved a learning curve for the Manchester United youngster, but he has more than enough time to right the wrongs of this campaign.
Ultimately, it's all been a bit stop, start for Shaw under Van Gaal this term, with a number of different factor getting in his way.
Next season, however, may well prove different for the England international as he goes in search of establishing himself as the club's No.1 left-back. And he certainly has the potential to fulfil that role, as he's extremely talented, so expect him to kick-on sooner rather than later.
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