Manchester United star Luke Shaw has told reporters that he is on a mission to prove the doubters wrong following his big-money move to Old Trafford.
It was a hefty fee paid for a relatively inexperienced player at the top level, and many observers questioned whether Shaw had the skills to replace the departed Patrice Evra.
His early season form, which coincided with an injury lay-off, didn’t help his initial cause but over the past few weeks Shaw has begun to put in a number of impressive performances.
After receiving the backing of former United left-back Arthur Albiston, Shaw revelled in his praise and told reporters how he is determined to prove the doubters wrong.
"At the start there was a few people questioning whether it was the right move to come here, but I'm feeling really good about myself now and hopefully the critics can turn it around now to more positive stuff because there was a lot of negativity about me," Shaw is quoted as saying by The Mirror. "I just take it on the chin and I try to prove everyone wrong.
"You could say that criticism made me stronger because obviously you read it and everyone gets involved in media and what people say, so it's something that inspired me to push harder, work harder, train harder and prove people wrong and I've had a few good games.
"That's not going to prove it to everyone but I'm willing to keep on improving and show people why they bought me.”
Shaw has featured in six Premier League matches so far this season, averaging two tackles per game and 4.5 effective clearances.
He built up a reputation on the South Coast as a marauding full-back with excellent crossing ability, but in his short stint at Old Trafford he has appeared more reserved, averaging just 0.5 crosses per match.