Luke Shaw vowed to prove Jose Mourinho wrong during clear-the-air talks with the Manchester United manager.
The left-back’s attitude and commitment was questioned by Mourinho after being dropped from the Red Devils squad.
He has since returned to the fold in recent weeks after requesting a meeting with the United boss.
The England international made just his third Premier League start in six months at Sunderland on Sunday and concedes he fell short of Mourinho’s standards earlier in the season, reports the Manchester Evening News.
“I had a really good chat with him after those sort of words came out and I totally agree with him. I will do whatever he wants,” Shaw said.
I’ve always been a hard worker but I think if I look back I wasn’t doing as hard as he likes and, like I said, we had a really good talk, he discussed what he wanted from me and I think even in a week-and-a-half I’ve seen a massive change in myself not just on the pitch, on the training ground, but off it as well.
“And it’s my time to fight until the end of the season and show the boss what I can do and what I can bring to help his team.
“I remember having the meeting with him and telling him at the end: ‘I’m going to prove you wrong because I believe and I want to do that. Not just for myself but the fans that have been behind me and sent me really nice messages and support me through this time.’
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“And now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I want to push for the best from me and I’ve said in an interview before I wish the season wasn’t coming to the end, I wish it was the start because I just want to play games now and hopefully I can keep giving good performances and keep my spot in the team, push for the Europa League title and the top four.”
Shaw conceded he struggled to adjust to the profile of a United player after his £27million transfer from Southampton in 2014. Louis van Gaal criticised his fitness and the defender succumbed to injury in the first month of the new campaign as the negative coverage affected him.
“It’s very hard but I think this time around I’ve had it before and this time I’ve dealt with it much better,” he told Sky Sports.
“Off the pitch, when I first came to United and there was a lot of discussion about me then, that was hard because it was something new for me.
“I was always used to positive feedback and positive stuff about me in the media and obviously, come here, everything changed. It was negative but I took that badly and it sort of knocked me down a bit.
“But this time I’ve come back wanting to fight and I want to prove everyone wrong.”
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Shaw is hopeful his positive performance at Sunderland will prove to be the turning point in his United career.
“It’s the start I think of fully turning the corner,” he added. “But it was obviously great, it was what I needed after a tough couple of weeks of things that he said but I took it really good.
“I took it positively and I think when I came off the pitch and he said to me, ‘Good performance.’ it made me feel better as a person and made me feel more confident than I already was and it was very important to me to get them minutes.
“They were a good 60 minutes, I was disappointed – I wanted to play the 90 minutes, like always! But he was very positive with me and it was lovely to see.”