Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has described his side’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final as the ‘start’ of ‘our own history’ at the club.
Shaw was at the club when Manchester United last won a piece of silverware back in 2017, but missed out through injury when a team led by Jose Mourinho lined up for the Europa League final against Ajax. The left-back was also absent from the squad that won the Carabao Cup earlier that season too.
When United reached the final of Europe’s second-tier competition in 2021, Shaw played the full 120 minutes and scored his spot kick in the penalty shootout which the Red Devils, then under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ultimately lost to Villarreal.
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After being on the pitch to win his first trophy since the 2016 Community Shield, Shaw was jubilant but his focus quickly shifted to the future: “We spoke before, we want to create our own history here, with the new team [and] the new manager. And I think today was the start of it.
“It’s a great feeling,” Shaw smiled before his mind briefly drifted back to the last game of the 2021 European Championships. “Obviously after the last final we played here I lost. So, I’m really happy and proud of the team today.”
Shaw put England in front against Italy after just two minutes in July 2021 with his first-ever international goal.
The full-back, who has emphatically returned to form after an individual dip in the campaign that immediately followed England’s Euro defeat, was heavily involved in Manchester United’s opener on Sunday as well, bending a first-half set piece into the box which Casemiro glanced into the far corner.
“I think sometimes people are easy to forget the people that are not on the pitch,” Shaw added. “I’ve been here a long time now and I’ve had a lot of good moments and a lot of bad ones and they’ve always stuck by me when I’ve been inside the training ground. They deserve this so much.”