Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has played down Marcus Rashford’s injury comments.
Shaw’s United career was blighted by fitness problems for several years following his move from Southampton in June 2014.
The defender suffered from regular hamstring problems and a double leg fracture after a nasty challenge from PSV’s Hector Moreno in September 2015.
Shaw enjoyed a relatively injury-free 2020/21 campaign, allowing him to play some of his best football in a United shirt.
Shaw’s overlapping runs down the left flank were crucial for the Reds as he managed to register 135 shot-creating last season and six assists to help earn him United’s Players’ Player of the Year award.
However, fans were worried when Shaw’s United teammate Marcus Rashford admitted half of the first-team have been playing through the pain barrier this season.
“Of course and I think he’s right”, Shaw said when asked about Rashford’s comments. “I think we all love football so much that at times we’re going to feel pains and niggles but we all want to play, we all want to be on the pitch doing what we love doing.
“We all want to push ourselves even at times when maybe we have setbacks or knocks and you just try and fight through it because we want to give our best for the team and be out there on the pitch.”
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Still, Shaw has claimed the short rest between the end of the season and the start of the European Championship this weekend has given him time to recuperate.
“It’s been a very hard gruelling season with a lot of games but I think when it comes to a major tournament with your country fatigue for me goes out of the window,” he said.
“You want to give your life for this team, you want to give every single thing you’ve got left to make the team happy and to make the whole nation happy.
“Like I said, fatigue isn’t an option really. I think we’ve got amazing settings here, the recovery stations and the staff putting things into place are unbelievable, and things like that are going in the right direction.
“I’m pretty sure everyone’s going to be 100% ready for each game no matter how many games there are, no matter whether they’re close or not. The settings here at this camp are really perfect and everyone’s going to be 100 per cent each game.”