Luke Shaw needs a challenger at left-back to push him
Luke Shaw triumphed at Manchester United’s player of the year awards.
Shaw won the fans’ vote and the players’ vote, narrowly beating Victor Lindelöf.
The England ace has had a strong season, until the last few weeks.
Suspensions caused him to miss vital games, and his performances dipped after Paris.
There were mistakes against Wolves, Barcelona, Manchester City and Huddersfield.
His double award victory is a nod to his overall progress and how far he has come this season, reclaiming his place as a regular.
Shaw signed a new deal late year and is making good on the
United need Shaw to improve further next season. He needs to cut out the errors, improve his concentration, and avoid needless bookings.
He needs to provide more assists. Four in the league this season isn’t terrible, but it can be improved upon.
Being able to link up with a natural winger will help him, when United make new additions.
Part of the challenge for Shaw now is mental. The award win could see him ease off.
The problem is he does not have a natural challenger at left-back.
United need to sign a young prospect at left-back to compete with Shaw. Ryan Sessegnon would be ideal.
The team lacked balance without Shaw when he was out, and his recent slide in form has shown he needs to be challenged.
If Shaw is going to improve further and build upon this season, a new left-back arriving at the club can be the jolt he needs to reach the next level.