Luke Shaw hits back at critics after injury struggles

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  • Left-back facing race to recover in time for Euro 2024
  • Marcus Rashford taking social media break after difficult season
Shaw has spoken out on social media
Shaw has spoken out on social media / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has hit back at fans who have questioned his commitment to the club this season.

Shaw endured a frustrating campaign which was plagued by injuries. He ended the campaign with just 15 appearances in all competitions, the last of which came in February, and England manager Gareth Southgate recently admitted Shaw faces a race against time to recover in time for Euro 2024.

His limited availability this season has seen Shaw accused of sacrificing his United duties in favour of protecting himself for the Euros, and the left-back was keen to set the record straight on social media.

"Happy for the boys to lift the trophy at the weekend and finish this season on a positive," he wrote. "As much as it was the result I wanted it was hard to watch from the stands.

"This has definitely been the most frustrating season for me, I have had set back after set back and have worked so hard to get back to fitness but things just haven't gone my way. I pushed so hard to get back before the end of the season and the final but some things just aren’t meant to be.

Luke Shaw
Shaw is battling injury / James Baylis - AMA/GettyImages

"There’s nothing I want to do more than play and win with Manchester United. I don't normally react to things I see on social media but there's a lot of people questioning my loyalty to this club and asking how I am fit for England but not United.

"The reality is I am not 100% fit for either right now but I am doing everything I can and constantly working to be. I have been at this club for 10 years through highs and lows and for anyone to question my loyalty is obviously frustrating. I appreciate I haven't updated you all with my injuries and where I'm at with my recovery but equally the most important thing to me is that we're supporting the team playing.

"My biggest focus right now is being fit and then whatever happens this summer I will be ready. Thank you for your patience."

Shaw's statement comes after United teammate Marcus Rashford confirmed he plans to take a break from social media.