Luke Shaw is often criticised for the player he isn’t. He is not prolific in terms of goals or assists from left-back, and many fans want to see the club take a chance and try and upgrade at the position.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big believer however, and won’t even leave him out for a single game right now in favour of young talent Brandon Williams.
Shaw has the impressive record of starting every single game of Manchester United’s now 17-match unbeaten run.
Against Aston Villa last night he played all 90 minutes again, and offered an important outlet in attack too, while keeping a clean sheet.
Should have had an assist
Shaw’s attacking play was positive, he was always looking to make an overlap at any opportunity and drive in behind Villa’s defence.
Late in the first half he played a nice one-two with Anthony Martial, before delivering an inch perfect cross for Bruno Fernandes.
Only Fernandes will know how he managed to head the ball over with the goal gaping, and he won’t want to watch it back. Shaw was denied an assist in the process.
The criticism of course is that this was the only chance Shaw created, despite getting into some good positions.
He managed 73 touches, the third highest of anybody on the pitch, with Paul Pogba way out in front on 91.
Shaw completed 94 per cent of his passes and won three aerial duels. He also won one tackle and two interceptions.
It was telling that when Williams came on in the second half, it was to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back. Shaw retained his place, completing 90 minutes for the seventh time in the last eight games.
While there is a constant call for Shaw to be an attacking force he is not, and will probably never be, many United fans are appreciating Shaw for the player he is, and the contribution he is making to this winning run.
Here is a look at some of the reaction on social media to Shaw’s performance…
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