West Ham made Manchester United work hard for three points at the London Stadium.
A penalty call for a Luke Shaw handball left United requiring a late David de Gea spot-kick save to secure the win.
Shaw had enjoyed an impressive game up until the unfortunate penalty call.
Solskjaer told the club website of the England international: “Do they want the defenders to just have their arms behind the back? You can’t defend properly then, can you?”.
Composed Shaw played well
Shaw was a threat from set pieces for United with his deliveries and his teammates should really have done a lot more with them.
He managed to create five goalscoring chances in total. The rest of United’s players made 11 key passes combined, with Bruno Fernandes nearest on three.
Shaw was very effective in possession, completing 98 per cent of his passes.
34 of these passes came inside the opposition half. Shaw only misplaced one pass all game, completed 47 of 48 attempted.
This was the type of composure United needed as the team worked to build pressure and grind down West Ham’s resistance, while also keeping the Hammers’ attacks in check.
Shaw has improved his game a lot over the past year. He will have to keep his levels high with fellow left-back Alex Telles returning from injury.
Telles could start for United against the Hammers in the Carabao Cup in midweek to try and stake his claim.
We should probably expect a bit of rustiness, with Telles likely making his first competitive appearance since the Europa League final.
But even when Telles does hit form, it is still going to be very tough for him to displace Luke Shaw from the side. It is a good problem for United to have.
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