Luke Shaw discusses team bonding trips during mid-season break

Manchester United enjoyed some warm weather training during the recent winter break.

Defender Luke Shaw has been speaking to the Daily Mirror and shared that the trip had also been good in terms of team bonding.

United need as much closeness within the ranks as they can get as they embark on the business end of a season which has brought the usual intense scrutiny that comes with playing for the world’s biggest club.

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What did Shaw say?

Shaw said of the trip: “It’s been hard work but the big bonus has been the bonding side of it, out here everyone’s together pretty much all the time.

“With Bruno Fernandes being so new, it was a great chance for everyone to get to know him. There have been quite a few activities away from the usual training.

“We’ve been out for dinners and there’s a paint-balling place nearby, so about 15 or so of us went there. The best shot? You’re talking to him!”

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Team spirit so key

United have faced plenty of hard times since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement but how many times has the squad looked united and motivated to take them on together? Not often enough.

There have too often been fractures or the semblance that some players are playing for themselves or not going the extra mile for the team.

Team bonding trips aren’t a magic bullet to improving that but they can only help, especially with a new face in Fernandes coming in.

As for Shaw being the best shot in the team? We probably would have predicted it to be a striker who’s the master marksman.

Shaw will hope to keep his place in the side after the break and come back to work fit and firing.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.