Luke Shaw has admitted he never really enjoyed his holiday after Manchester United’s disappointing end to last season.
While United suffered the ignominy of drawing with Huddersfield and losing to Cardiff, their top four rivals were all contesting European finals.
Neighbours Manchester City won English football’s first ever domestic treble, all of which made tough viewing for Shaw and his United team-mates, who managed to secure sixth place in the Premier League.
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“Last season was so hurtful for everyone,” the England defender said in Singapore where his club are on a pre-season tour.
“I know the fans were really hurt, but we as a team were very hurt. It was really tough for all of us to take and you couldn’t really enjoy your holidays.
“You see the Champions League final and the Europa League final and they’re all English teams. It makes you feel even worse — especially the way the finals went. None of us want that to happen again.
“I think that’s why we’ve all come back again with a different mindset and, of course, we had that break to clear our minds. But now we’re all focused on getting United back to where they belong and not letting the teams we’ve seen in the finals have it that easy.”
United, who have won a record 20 English league titles, have been preparing for the new season, which begins with the visit of Chelsea on August 11, out in Australia and the Far East.
Wins over Perth Glory, Leeds United and Inter have been secured without a goal being conceded.
On Tuesday, they take on Spurs in Shanghai, China, before facing Kristiansund and AC Milan.