Man United’s Luke Shaw: Playing Chelsea is a big thing in my family

Luke Shaw looking forward to facing boyhood club as a Man United player

Luke Shaw says it will be a different proposition facing Chelsea for the first time as a Manchester United player at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The teenager’s superb form for Southampton attracted reported interest from Chelsea before he moved to United in a £27m deal this summer.

I’m really looking forward to it, especially with how big this fixture is

Luke Shaw

Shaw was born in Kingston-Upon-Thames, a mere seven miles from Stamford Bridge, and the defender has made no secret of his soft spot for the west London side.

“Playing against Chelsea is a big thing in my family and among my friends because I was born around that area of London,” Shaw told Inside United. “I used to watch them when I was younger, which is something I’m sure people know by now.

“When I first played at Stamford Bridge with Southampton it was a bit of a surreal experience in a lot of ways because it was at a ground I’d visited as a kid.

“But playing against Chelsea with United at Old Trafford is a different proposition altogether. I’m really looking forward to it, especially with how big this fixture is. Everyone knows that United-Chelsea games are massive, so it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

Shaw added that United-Chelsea rivalry has developed into one of the biggest in world football.

“It’s a huge game – I think you can safely say it’s one of the biggest games in world football and there will be people everywhere watching it on TV,” he said.

“There aren’t many games that are bigger than this one and that’s why I’m really hoping to be a part of it. I want to show people what I can do in games like this.”

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