‘True Belief’ there to complete the Hoodoo semi-final
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw said the disappointment of losing four semi-finals could motivate the team to end their hoodoo and go all the way in the Europa League this year.
Under coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United have lost two League Cup semi-finals against Manchester City and one FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, in addition to failing in the League’s last four games. Europa in Seville last season.
But they will have another chance to advance to a cup final when they face Roma in the last four of the Europa League this season.
“In the past we have missed a few finals and I think this season the way we have played the confidence is high we are confident we can reach it,” Shaw said ahead of tonight’s first leg. at Old Trafford.
“We’ve had a lot of disappointments so I think we can use that as motivation for this one, like we felt after them. We can just think about that and work it out.
“The first leg will always be very important and we’ve had a few days to prepare for it and we’re ready for it because we want to win this trophy.”
Shaw was part of the squad that won the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017, although he did not make the final due to injury. The 25-year-old England international also missed the FA Cup finals in 2016 and 2018, as well as the 2017 League Cup triumph.
Shaw said the prospect of finally lining up in a high-stakes game was “massive motivation.”
“I was quite unhappy not to be involved in the semi-finals and the finals, so of course I can’t wait to get out of it,” he added.