Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is aiming to prove himself to manager Jose Mourinho despite finding it annoying to be in this position.
Shaw started just eight Premier League games last season and has struggled to establish himself since the arrival of Mourinho in 2016.
Now, Shaw is hoping to prove himself in the absence of last season’s regular left-back Ashley Young.
“Of course, I’ll look at it like that,” Shaw said, during a new conference at UCLA (h/t ESPN FC). “The next five games are all about fitness, but I want to try and prove to the manager that I can be in his team, not just in these games.
“When everyone comes back and everyone is fit and ready, I still want to be that first name on the teamsheet.
“It’s time for me to show him over the next four weeks what I can do and why I deserve to be in this team.”
Shaw, 23, says that he has already discusses his role with Mourinho for next season.
“It’s annoying for me to say I need to prove myself. But I know what I can do and that’s why I’m still here. I’m sure that’s what the manager thinks.
“I don’t think I would still be involved right now if the manager didn’t believe in me. I’ve had a good chat with him and I look forward to the new season and getting back to my best.”
To prepare for the trip to the United States, Shaw held his own training camp in Dubai with United’s head of conditioning Gary Walker.
“I did it a few seasons back with Adnan [Januzaj],” he said. “Coming into preseason it was the best I’ve ever felt. I felt like I needed it because the last few years I’ve not had a proper preseason.
“Obviously the one I came back from after my injury I had problems, and the last two I haven’t really managed to get a whole preseason together.
“A year ago today, I was injured and was doing rehab.
“Now I look at it as a full preseason for me, and right now things are going really well. I feel really strong and good. I need to keep that up going into the season and prove to people why I’m here.”