Luke Shaw explains why he rejected Chelsea to Jose Mourinho

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It’s great to see Luke Shaw back in action for Manchester United.

Some wondered if the left back’s career was over when he suffered a horrific leg break against PSV Eindhoven. He was out of action for 10 months; he couldn’t even walk for six.

But the 21-year-old is back and ready to put the past year behind him. Thankfully, the dark times are over and Shaw can continue his promising career at Old Trafford.


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The former Southampton man has regained his position in United’s first team, playing in both of their Premier League games under Jose Mourinho.

After unfortunately missing Euro 2016, many are expecting Shaw to be included in Sam Allardyce’s England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, which will be announced on Sunday. Shaw will have the opportunity to nail down a starting spot for years to come if he is named in the squad.

Highly-sought after

It’s fair to say he’s come a long way in such a short space of time. Shaw was 17 when he made his Premier League debut and it didn’t take long for the big clubs to sit up and take notice of the Southampton academy graduate.

Shaw chose Man Utd over Chelsea

Manchester United ended up making him the most expensive teenager in the world - a record that was broken by Renato Sanches this summer - when they signed him for £30 million in 2014, the Red Devils beating Chelsea to his signature.

Chelsea were managed by Jose Mourinho at the time and with both now at Old Trafford, Shaw has revealed that he jokes with his manager about turning down the Blues.

“We’ve had a little joke about it,” Shaw said in an interview with The Guardian.

“He’s a cool manager. ‘Why didn’t you come?’ he wanted to know. I just felt I had more opportunity of first-team football here.

“But now I’m with him and I’m really happy he’s here. It hasn’t been the best few years but all of a sudden it feels really good, really positive.”

Fear factor 

Life under Mourinho has gotten off to a bang. United won the Community Shield with victory over Leicester City and sit joint-top of the Premier League after two convincing wins.

Is that aura coming back? Shaw seems to think so.

“We feel we have that fear factor back where people are thinking this team is going to be hard to beat. I’m fit, I’m happy, I still feel I have a lot more to give. I just want to push on now.”

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