Shaw explains how United's squad coped when the doubt started creeping in

Luke Shaw has explained how the Manchester United squad has coped through difficult periods this season.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has revealed how the side have worked through difficult periods so far this season.

The left-back has admitted he feels there is more to come from this crop of United players ahead of the Manchester derby, after a difficult start to life under Louis van Gaal.

United started the season with defeat at Swansea City, with an embarrassing defeat against the MK Dons in the League Cup also worked into United’s poor early results, but Shaw has hinted that the side stayed together and relied on communication through a difficult period.

“It has been a fight, but we talk in the dressing room and at training and we know we’ve still got the best to come,” Shaw is quoted by the Mirror.

“I don’t think we are playing our best at the moment, although you saw bits against Chelsea.”

A positive dressing environment helps to keep morale up through difficult periods and it’s easy to see how heads could have started to drop in the Manchester United dressing room.

While Robin Van Persie’s goal against Chelsea may not be the most influential goal of the season for United in terms of league position, it’s likely changed the mentality of the side around the training ground this week.

United played well against Chelsea, possibly their best performance of the season, and rather than training this week with gloom hanging over the side, the chaotic scenes which followed Van Persie’s equaliser has created positivity which can run through the week.

The trick for United is to now maintain that level of performance against Manchester City this weekend, which presents a different challenge to the one posed by Chelsea.

United go away from home, to a ground where the majority of supporters will want to see them humiliated and it’s important they retain the strength and the team spirit that Shaw hints at throughout.

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