There was an odd late tactical choice as Manchester United clinched a 2-1 victory over Tottenham last night.
United had given up a Premier League lead in six matches and looked like they could make it a seventh when Dele Alli cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s opener.
But United held onto the second lead of the night Rashford’s right foot provided, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side dropped back into a deep block.
And when Jesse Lingard was forced off late on, Luke Shaw replaced him and seemed to be deployed in a role on the left wing.
It could reasonably be argued that Shaw is the third choice left back at the club and he is a long way from the days when he broke through as a young player who could feasibly have been transformed into a winger.
Many fans couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw him in a new role with United pushing to close out an important win.
A one off?
This is not an experiment United will turn to regularly. It was a case of ‘needs must’ as Solskjaer looked for the team to hold onto a win.
Putting Shaw out wide allowed United to keep a defensive shape for the final six minutes, rather than bringing on an extra attacker like Juan Mata.
Shaw had a couple of chances to counter attack and his deficiencies were quickly shown up, but he didn’t cost United.
We just wonder what Jose Mourinho made of it, seeing a player he frequently maligned, playing at left wing to secure a win against him.
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