Luke Shaw made a mistake, deal with it
United’s trip to Wolves at the weekend had all the makings of an upset.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was having to deal with a pile up of injuries, and for Wolves, it was their cup final and they deserved the 2-1 win.
Respect to them. Wolves played well. It would be nice if they went on to win the competition at this point and deny City a trophy.
On another day, United would have won. Diogo Dalot would have been given a penalty, and Luke Shaw would not have had a calamitous moment which led to Wolves’ second goal.
The goal is one which Shaw will not be able to bear to look back at. He should be embarrassed when United analyse it back.
What we have to be careful not to do, is over react.
Shaw was being criticised from all sides on social media after the goal.
Rival fans were mocking him, joking about how he will fare against Lionel Messi in the Champions League.
Some United fans even called for the club to ditch him and replace him.
Sure, it would be healthy for United to bring in some left-back competition next season. But talk of ditching Shaw – who we paid £30m for in 2014 – is crazy.
He was outstanding against PSG, one of United’s best players. He’s been impressive all season.
Top players make mistakes. Nemanja Vidic embarrassed himself against Liverpool a couple of times.
Gary Neville had his moments. A nightmare against Manchester City in 2002 was one of the worst errors of his career.
Neville and Vidic dealt with it. They moved on. Shaw will do the same.
Sometimes us fans have to ‘deal with it’ too, and accept players make errors, just like they win games too.