Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has welcomed Alex Telles‘ arrival from Porto after claiming it is a ‘must’ for any team to have competitions for places.
Shaw understands he could lose his starting role at the left-back following the arrival of Telles from Portugal in the summer but maintains he will train harder in order to make it difficult for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to decides who starts at the back or in any area of the team.
Man United were determined to improve their front line in the summer but their unwillingness to meet Dortmund’s asking price of Jadon Sancho forced them to improve other areas of the team.
Telles is expected to battle Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams for a starting role at United and the England international is looking forward to the competition.
‘Competition for any team is a must,’ Shaw told United’s official website.
‘There is competition for every single spot and you’ve got to be ready for it, work hard and give the manager a decision harder than what he’s had to make before.
‘Like I said, competition is very healthy for the squad, it’ll push everyone even more because everyone wants to play.
‘It [the game against Newcastle] is one we all want to play in. We all hoped it would be a bit earlier, to be honest, as the last game wasn’t good.
‘We’ve had a lot of time to think and work and be ready for this. We need to win it. It’s a must-win game and we want to put things right.
‘We’ve got very important games coming up. Everyone is looking forward to working hard so we’re going to be ready for it.’
Manchester United have suffered mixed performances this season after losing two of their opening five matches in all competitions.
Man United’s thumping defeat to Tottenham before the international break did not only put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job in the line but also gave Shaw a horrible night.
The 25-year-old left-back understands that it was widely accepted that the Reds’ performance against Jose Mourinho’s side at Old Trafford wasn’t good enough. And he is keen on seeing Manchester United bounce back to winning ways.
‘I think, personally, it still hurts a bit now,’ said Luke Shaw.
‘It was a horrible night. Personally, and collectively as a team, it wasn’t good enough.
‘I think it’s been a week where the first day back was quiet and heads were down but we’ve realised we need to put it behind us and forget about that. All we can do now is work hard to get back to the intensity we have had. When we do that, we are a very dangerous team.
‘We’ve got a few new arrivals in and that can maybe boost the morale of the squad and bring something different. Fresh faces are sometimes a good thing. Like we saw with Bruno [Fernandes], it can change completely the mood of a squad.’