Luke Shaw has defended the slow start of Paul Pogba, and admitted that he is ready to take criticism from Jose Mourinho on the chin and move on with his Manchester United career.
Shaw came on as a substitute in Monday night’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, marking his first appearance in four weeks.
Mourinho was critical of the England defender after United’s 3-1 loss to Watford, but Shaw insists he can accept it and learn.
“I’m a grown man and I can take what the manager said,” Shaw said. “I’m still young and I need to take on what he said and improve.”
“I’m feeling really good,” he added. “Obviously I had a little bit of a problem in my groin from the game against Watford.
“I’ve trained for the last week and I’m training good and looking forward to getting back to playing.”
The 21-year-old also stated that he is feeling good despite his injury troubles.
“It’s on the other leg and it’s my groin. I’ve been training really hard and it’s been nice to be able rest my groin.
“I hate missing matches but this is what happens sometimes. I’m back now and ready to fight for my place.”
Living up to expectations
Shaw heaped praise on teammate Paul Pogba, who so far is struggling to live up to his £89million price tag.
“From the last couple of years you’ve seen the quality he has. He was named in the World XI last year for a reason,” Shaw said.
“I believe he’s one of the best midfielders in the world. For different players it takes time to adapt. He’s still adapting but he’s doing good for the team.
“He’s staying strong. We can all see the ability that he’s got in training. Game by game he’s getting stronger fitness-wise.
“You saw glimpses of his quality against Liverpool with his touch and cross for Ibra.
“In the changing room he’s a very nice guy and he’s a good leader as well.”
Robin van Persie will be returning to Old Trafford with Fenerbahce, and his former teammate Shaw added: “He definitely is a threat and obviously we know what his qualities are.
“Sometimes with quality like that, even though you know what he can do its hard to stop him.
“I only spent a year with him but obviously I saw what quality he had.
“Obviously he’s been here before so we’re wary of him but also the whole of their team as well.”