Luke Shaw scored his first goal of the season against Manchester City, just his third in a United shirt.
His last one came just over a year ago in a win over Derby. This one had much more significance.
Shaw scored the second goal in United’s 2-0 win, firing a low shot into the bottom corner.
He had come close to scoring in the first half, but shot straight at Ederson. He made no mistake the second time.
For Shaw to have two good chances and two shots on target speaks volumes to his attacking improvement. Often he does not even manage a shot in games.
Shaw’s attacking qualities have grown this season and he is among the Premier League’s top five players for chances created, via WhoScored.com.
Getting on the scoresheet, and against City no less, is the cherry on top of the cake he has baked with his performances this season.
Maguire praises teammate
Shaw’s improvement has been commended by teammate and club captain Harry Maguire.
Maguire told the club website of his teammate: “We’ve encouraged Luke to get forward more and more. He’s creating chances, creating assists. We’ve been getting on him to score some goals because that’s the final part of the jigsaw.
“He has that much ability – he can do everything. He shouldn’t stop at creating shots and creating chances, so to get a goal today is really important for him and for his confidence to go to the next level, and to bring back to the team as well. The more goals we score the better it is.”
Shaw became the 14th Manchester United player to score this season, joining fellow defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka (2), Harry Maguire (2) and Victor Lindelof (1) on the scoresheet.
He has never scored two goals in a season and it would be a big step forward individually if he can double his tally by getting another one this season.
Shaw has six assists to his name too, trailing only Marcus Rashford (10) and Bruno Fernandes (12). Getting on the scoresheet was the next box he needed to tick to underline his development as a player, and this will give him even more confidence than he had heading into the game.
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