Luke Shaw has been a fantastic surprise at Manchester United this season, looking like a player reborn.
Three years after a horrific knee injury, Shaw is finally showing the form which prompted United to pay £30 million to sign him from Southampton.
He looks committed, in the best physical condition he has been in since his injury, and he is playing with both confidence and trust from his manager.
Last night the transition in Shaw was even more apparent as he lined up in the same defence as debutant Diego Dalot.
Dalot was the new boy, the player you would watch and feel both intrigued and worried for, how he would fare.
Shaw by comparison looked like the elder statesman, the seasoned veteran, and that is testament to his progress and development.
His forays forward were productive too, winning a first half penalty and setting up Romelu Lukaku for a gilt-edged chance.
The more Dalot plays at right-back, the greater responsibility there will be on Shaw to step up as a leader on the left.
The 23-year-old seems to flourish with more and more responsibility, and has recently earned an England recall thanks to his impressive form.
Dalot looks like a good find by United and together with Shaw, they can be a great pairing at full-back for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Shaw is leading the way by example and long may it continue.