Luke Shaw scored the decisive goal in Manchester United’ season-opening victory over Leicester City. The other goal scorer was captain Paul Pogba.
The defender has had a fairly positive pre-season and netted the first goal of his senior career. This ensured that the Reds made a winning start to their Premier League campaign. Manchester United romped to a 2-1 triumph at Old Trafford on Friday night.
Luke made no attempt to hide his emotions and described the moment he celebrated in front of the Stretford End. According to him, it was the best feeling he’s experienced so far in his career.
“For me, today, for my career so far, it was the best feeling I’ve felt,” the left-back said.
“I was quick to react from my touch, got round him [Ricardo Pereira], swung my foot at it and it just sort of connected right and went into the bottom corner. From there, I just went and celebrated.
“Honestly I can’t describe it, in front of the Stretford End, it’s the best feeling I’ve had. I’m so proud and happy to be able to help the team. Hopefully I made my family proud tonight too with my first goal and hopefully I can push on forward and get many more and help the team out more.
Shaw scored past keeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 83rd minute firmly placing United in the driving seat. It was also the full-back’s first goal in his 134th game in professional football.
Asked to name the last time he found the net at any level, Luke recalled:
“Probably Under-18s maybe when I was playing on the right-wing for Southampton! Actually, I think I scored one in pre-season with Southampton now I think about it, but it doesn’t count really – not compared to this!
“Like I said, amazing feeling but the hard work doesn’t stop here. I keep pushing myself because I want to become better and better and help the team out more.”
Shaw featured in all six of United’s matches in the preseason. However, he didn’t succumb to complacency, saying that he could have done better during the warm-up games. The 23-year old is desperate to keep showing he is worthy of a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI.
“For me, pre-season wise the minutes were the most important thing. I was kind of disappointed with my performances in pre-season – I don’t think I was what I can be and I still think I can be better than I was tonight.
“But of course I’m very happy with how it started and now I’ll just push on from here and hopefully make many more memories like the ones tonight for me.