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Luke Shaw reveals 'cheeky' Erik ten Hag message and speaks on Manchester United overhaul

Shaw thinks United are now on the right track under new management

Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw, has expressed his satisfaction with the recent changes at Old Trafford. The England international is particularly pleased with the contract extension of manager Erik ten Hag and believes that the new ownership model will restore Manchester United to its former glory.

There is a palpable sense of excitement around Old Trafford following Ten Hag's contract extension. Last week, Manchester United triggered a one-year option that binds the Dutchman to the club until summer 2026. This move has been met with widespread approval from players and fans alike.

Shaw, who recently regained fitness and is hopeful for a starting spot in Euro 2024 semi-final against Holland on Wednesday, was thrilled by this development. He stated that there is a "big buzz" around the club following Ten Hag's commitment to stay.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s sporting hierarchy

The new leadership under Sir Jim Ratcliffe has also been instrumental in reshaping Manchester United’s sporting hierarchy. Ratcliffe completed the recruitment of sporting director Dan Ashworth as part of an executive overhaul aimed at bringing back success to Old Trafford.

This new structure has received positive feedback from Shaw who believes it will be beneficial for both players and management moving forward.

Luke Shaw, Manchester United left-back, said:

“Everyone is very pleased with him staying. I spoke to him a couple of times recently - it wasn't really a surprise, he was always going to sign. Everyone is very pleased. Look at the last two years, he's had a trophy in each season. He's had a bit of success and there is definitely more to come.”

“I definitely think (United) is in the right place now. I think with the boss signing a new contract and the new owners coming in to take their place, things are looking really positive. There’s a big buzz around the place. I can now see things getting much better than they have been.”

Cheeky message from Ten Hag

In addition to expressing his delight over these developments, Shaw revealed how Ten Hag had been playfully teasing him ahead of England vs Netherlands clash in Euro 2024 semi-finals. The left-back shared this 'cheeky' message with a smile during an interview session.

Luke Shaw added:

“He sent me a little cheeky message about the game, it was funny. I won’t tell you what it was. Ask him!”

Shaw praised Mainoo's maturity

Shaw also expressed excitement about Kobbie Mainoo being at the heart of Manchester United’s new era. The 19-year-old player experienced an impressive rise into United's first team and even broke into Gareth Southgate's plans to start England's last two knockout matches.

Shaw is optimistic about what his teammate has to offer and hopes to join Mainoo in the starting lineup for England's semi-final match against Netherlands on Wednesday evening. After featuring for 42 minutes against Switzerland, Shaw is hopeful he could be in contention for his first start at Euro 2024.

The recent changes at Manchester United have sparked a wave of optimism among players and fans. With Ten Hag’s contract extension, Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s new sporting hierarchy, and promising talents like Kobbie Mainoo, the future looks bright for the Red Devils. As Shaw suggests, these developments could very well mark the beginning of a new era of success at Old Trafford.

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