Luke Shaw predicts instant Champions League response

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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw expects an immediate response from his teammates following the disappointing 0-0 draw against Newcastle in the Premier League.

The Red Devils created more opportunities than in their two opening domestic fixtures, but were unable to break the deadlock and had to settle for a point against the Magpies at Old Trafford.

Shaw has enjoyed an impressive start to the season individually, helping Louis van Gaal's side keep three consecutive clean sheets in the English top flight, and he's happy that there is another big fixture just around the corner to help focus the players' minds.


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“It wasn’t to be, but we’ve got a game just around the corner [against Club Brugge] and I think it’s only good for us,. We’ll get back up and try to win that game,” he told MUTV.

“I think it’s the best thing for us, when we feel that we’ve dropped two points. It’s very important that there’s another game and it’s even more important that we try to win it.”

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Luke Shaw predicts goals are coming

Despite the left-back's comments, United don't need to chase victory against Brugge, taking a 3-1 lead into the second leg after Memphis Depay's double and a late Marouane Fellaini strike.

With a Kyle Walker own goal and Adnan Januzaj's strike the only other goals this season, it's hardly been a bumper start to the season on the goals front at Old Trafford. However, Shaw is in no doubt that they'll be finding the back of the net on a much more regular basis moving forward.

“I’m sure we’ll start scoring many goals soon. We’ve got so much quality up front that it’s only a matter of time before someone puts one away and we’ll be flying again,” he added.

“With the chances we created in the first 20 minutes, I think if we’d put one of those away, it would have been game over for Newcastle/ I think they wouldn’t have been able to get back into the game if they were a goal down, they wouldn’t have sat back like they did in the last 20 or 30 minutes. Everyone’s really disappointed in the dressing room.

“The manager even said at half-time that it was probably the best 20 or 30 minutes he’s seen from us so far. Obviously, we dropped off a bit in the last 15 minutes [of the first half] and Newcastle picked up the tempo which put us on the back foot. At the end of the day, we had so many chances and just need to finish them."

With a two-goal advantage at their disposal, manager Van Gaal will have to decide what tactics to employ in Belgium. With his defence looking so strong in the early part of the season, the Dutchman is unlikely to make any changes to his back five.

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