Luke Shaw believes the addition of Bruno Fernandes has contributed to a “massive” change in mentality at Manchester United.
Fernandes has hit the ground running at Old Trafford since his January move from Sporting CP. The midfielder already has six goals and five assists from just nine Premier League appearances.
Manchester United remain unbeaten in the 14 games Fernandes has played for them in all competitions. That form has them well and truly looking up the table; they are currently just two points away from the top four.
Claims have already arisen that United could challenge even further next season, and Shaw believes that the way the team has improved in 2020 – helped also by the returns from injury of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford – signals a change in the club’s culture.
“For me, Bruno is a massive part of the change in the culture that is now going on at United,” Shaw told Sky Sports.
“I think he pushes that day in, day out. An amazing guy off the pitch, he’s funny and he has massive confidence in his own ability – which none of us doubt because he’s been perfect on the pitch.
“Not just that, but the whole team’s changed I believe. I think the injuries we had also – Paul and Rashy, two very key players for us have also come back and hit the ground running in this part of the season.
“Everyone’s pulling their weight and doing a great job and we need to just keep going and working hard and get results.”
SHAW POINTS OUT ‘BIG CHANGE’ OFF THE PITCH
Shaw believes there is greater harmony in the squad now, including in their relationships off the pitch.
The left-back added that the squad have been enjoying every minute of training, and that could lead to more success for them.
“I think the group of players now, we all get on really well and I think there’s a great sort of happiness in and around the training ground each day,” he said.
“Everyone’s smiling, everyone’s enjoying each other’s company and I think that’s important to have a successful team. Everyone wants the same thing and gets along with each other.
“I can see a big change in the group, not just on the pitch, but with each other off the pitch too.”