Manchester United defender Luke Shaw: 'I was close to losing my leg'

Luke Shaw

GETTY Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has returned to the England set

Luke Shaw has credited Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for his early-season form, which earned him a recall to the England national team.

Speaking to media this week ahead of England's first UEFA Nations League matches with Spain and Switzerland, Shaw opened up about one of the toughest times in his career - the double leg fracture he suffered during a Champions League tie in September 2015 - and how he was lucky that the injury didn't cost him his leg.

It cruelly halted an exceptional start to his second season at Old Trafford - yet it was almost so much worse. 'He said he wanted me to stay and that motivated me a lot.

"I was really close to losing my leg but I didn't know that until six months later when the doctor told me".

"At the time, they were thinking about flying me back, but If I'd flown back, I would probably have lost my leg because of the blood clots". I have got two scars down my leg where they had to cut it open and pull them out.

Asked about how he was treated by the United manager, Shaw said: "I think he got frustrated with me because he knew I could do better".

Shaw admits that some dark days during a long road to recovery saw him consider quitting football, with family and friends having to keep him focused on the end goal. They helped me through it.

"But this is what I want to be doing".

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"This is where I want to be, playing football in the biggest games possible".

"I've got a lot of work to do but that motivation is there really highly, and I want to do that".

Shaw's United career has been heavily interrupted by injuries since arriving as the then-most expensive teenager in the world in the summer of 2014. "I care about the here and now".

"Everyone really seems picks up the negative stuff...the way I was going, it was easy to write stories about everything that was bad".

"I think he always believed in me and I always believed in myself and just needed to get back to what I needed to do". But it was never noted down, was it?

"Maybe at times I wasn't carrying on to the next level and that's where I've changed from a kid to a man and I have realised that".

As a result, he was just another fan as Gareth Southgate's England side captivated the hearts of a nation in reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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