Man Utd left-back Shaw: Mourinho never wanted me sold

Heather Diaz
September 8, 2018

Luke Shaw says he seriously considered quitting football after suffering a nasty injury which nearly cost him his leg in Manchester United's Champions League 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in 2015.

Shaw could this week make his first England start since facing Switzerland in September 2015 - just a week before suffering a ugly double leg break in a Champions League match at PSV Eindhoven.

But Shaw has admitted he nearly lost his leg after complications following the injury.

"No one knows but I was really close to actually losing my leg".

"At the time, they were thinking about flying me back from Eindhoven and if I'd have flown back, I would probably have lost my leg because of the blood clots and stuff in the leg", Shaw added.

Gareth Southgate has picked Shaw only once previously, for the friendly against Germany last March, and the England manager claimed the former Southampton youngster has taken his time to realise what is required to reach the top. I feel really good, in great shape, my confidence is back.

Luke Shaw will seek to reassert his England credentials this week after revealing that he came close to having his right leg amputated because of the horrific injury that left his career in the balance.

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"I was sat in a hospital bed and the doctor came in and said: "Listen I'll tell you now brutally, you might not play football again". It would have been easy for him to say "I want to sell him, I don't want him here anymore", but I think he's always believed in me.

Shaw also spoke about his battles with United boss Jose Mourinho, who at times singled him out for criticism over his fitness in recent seasons.

"I'm absolutely delighted for him, the way he's started this season and the way he's fighting back and getting fit". "You could say he's had a big part, but I think personally I've done a lot too to get into his team and into his trust". I don't care about that any more. "I'm feeling back to my old self".

And Higginbotham believes Shaw, very much Man United's man of the moment, should go straight into the starting XI against Switzerland and Spain.

Shaw, now 23, struggled to get back to his best following his recovery from the injury.

"Of course, if I knew that I would never have stopped, even if he had told me there was a worry, I would have tried".

He said: 'I think, at times, he got frustrated with me because he knew I could do better. I'm a hard trainer, wanting to improve every day.

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