As ever with each new Premier League season, English giants Manchester United are the subject of considerable hope from its global fanbase as well as expectations in the media surrounding the Red Devils and boss Erik ten Hag.
After finishing third in 2022-23 well off the pace of domestic rivals Manchester City and Arsenal, United is once again being viewed as a potential favorite for major honors on the back of an ever-changing environment at Old Trafford under the club’s Dutch tactician.
In that light, England international defender Luke Shaw has shed light on Manchester United’s preparations for the upcoming 2023-24 season, key summer signings, and just how big a season it is for the Premier League giants.
While speaking with Sky Sports earlier today, the former Southampton standout and current Red Devils stalwart admitted that the season ahead of a big one for the club while outlining expectations.
“We need to be challenging for every trophy and winning competitions,” Shaw said. “We felt like we could have added another two competitions last season, and I think we should have, but I think now, especially at the start of this pre-season, we spoke about this being a big season for us.”
“We have already signed some good players, and hopefully there are more additions to come to strengthen the squad. And of course, we have to believe we can win as many trophies as possible this season.”
Regarding new signings, Shaw first discussed the addition of Cameroonian shot-stopper André Onana after his arrival from Italian giants Inter Milan, and what his introduction into the team and reunion with Ten Hag could bring the club.
“Yeah, of course, I think they’re different keepers [Onana and De Gea]. I think first and foremost, David for us last season, and the seasons that he’s been here, he was amazing. You know, I think, a massive legend for this club. You know, won the golden glove last season, so, you know, we’re obviously sad to see him go, but we wish him the best and hope it goes well from here on.”
“But I think with the new addition we’ve had, I think he’ll bring different qualities to what David had. I think especially we’ll see a different side now with building up from the back, he brings a bit more composure to that. He suits the exact way the manager wants.”
Shaw was also adamant about the club’s need for a new number nine surrounding the impending capture of Danish starlet Rasmus Højlund, with the 20-year-old set to arrive at Carrington in the wake of United agreeing to a £72m deal for the Atalanta forward.
“We spoke, and I think the manager has, and Bruno I think the other day, about how important it is for us to get a striker. We know that of course, we’ve got Martial and Rashford at the moment, and Sanch [Sancho] who can play there, but an out-and-out striker is what we need and we’re desperate for. I am very sure the club knows that, the manager knows that, and the players would love one to come.”