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Luke Shaw signs new five-year deal with Manchester United

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England left- back Luke Shaw believes he can be a catalyst for a turnaround in Manchester United’ s fortunes after signing a new five -year contract with the Premier League giants on Thursday .
Shaw , 23 , was in the final year of the deal he signed four years ago when joining from Southampton as the world ’ s most expensive teenager at the time .
However , his time at Old Trafford has been blighted by a horrific leg break in 2015 that forced him to consider retiring and public criticism from United manager Jose Mourinho .

“ It ’ s been an odd four years for me , ” admitted Shaw .
“There have been ups and downs . From signing today now it ’ s all about looking forward and to how much I can help the team and become a success again.

“If you look at my situation in the last year and a bit , you ’ d have thought this could have been impossible. But I worked hard , I wanted to be here and I wanted to make sure my future was here to help this club . ”

Shaw has been rewarded for an excellent start to the season personally despite a difficult time for Mourinho ’ s men as a team .

United trail Premier League leaders Chelsea , Liverpool and Manchester City by seven points after eight games with speculation surrounding how long Mourinho will keep his job .

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“I think personally it ’ s only a matter of time that the success is going to be coming back, ” added Shaw .

“I can see the team that we have here . We have an amazing group of players and the talent we have is scary, there are a lot of young lads that are hungry for trophies . ”

Despite their previous differences, Mourinho has been won over by Shaw ’ s start to the campaign and insisted he was deserving of his new deal .

“Luke fully deserves this contract . He understood his development process , he has worked really hard at every level and he always believes in himself which is a great attribute to have , ” said Mourinho .

“Luke is still young and is improving all the time and he must feel very proud of himself .

“I am delighted that we are keeping such a talented young English player with a bright future ahead of him . ”

( AFP )

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