West Brom vs Manchester United: Luke Shaw - 'I wouldn't say I've been horrendous'

The youngster has struggled to make an impact since his big money move to Old Trafford, with stats from last night's game highlighting the fact

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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has admitted his form has not been good enough after statistics from last night's 2-2 draw against West Brom made for sorry reading.

Following his £27m move from Southampton over the summer, the England international has failed to make much of an impact, with Louis van Gaal even questioning his fitness when he arrived at the club and giving the 19-year-old his own training regime.

Shaw's performance at the Hawthorns last night was questionable, with the defender way out of position for Stephane Sessegnon's opening goal. Statistics from the first half highlighted his lack of influence in the game.

SHAW FIRST-HALF STATS

Tackles: 0

Clearances: 0

Interceptions: 0

Possession gained: 0 times

Possession lost: 9 times

 

Shaw has admitted he must improve.

"They haven't seen the best of me yet," he said. "I know I haven't been up to my full potential and I think maybe people can see that at the moment. I am trying hard and it's about getting used to everything.

"When you come to a club like this it's never easy for a young player like me. But I'll get myself started soon and put in good performances.

"I wouldn't say I've been horrendous but I know I can do much better. And I need to do better. I've come to Manchester United and I know what they need. I've been working hard and the performances will come."

Shaw, who played for England in this summer's World Cup, also dropped back to the Under-21s this month to help them qualify for Euro 2015.

But he felt playing two games against Croatia was vital to boost his fitness.

"It always helps and the main thing for me was it was two 90 minutes for fitness. I feel fit but like I said I haven't played my best recently," said the left-back.

"That's football. Hopefully I'll come out of it now. I think I could still get a bit fitter from working hard in training. But I do feel pretty fit in training."

United host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday already 10 points behind Jose Mourinho's leaders.

Chelsea are unbeaten in the league, winning seven of their first eight games are are five points clear, but Shaw denied they are already champions-elect.

He said: "No not yet. It's a long season so we'll have to see what happens.

"It's a massive test. It's never easy. We're going to work hard this week and will be ready for the challenge on Sunday."

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