Luke Shaw's movement against Arsenal proves his Manchester United shackles are off

As if we needed more proof that Manchester United are a different beast under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they dismantled Arsenal with relative ease on Friday night.
This was supposed to be a tough test for United. Instead they won their FA Cup fourth round clash 3-1 to make it eight wins from eight for the Norwegian.
While Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku stole the headlines, there was another United player who made his mark.
Luke Shaw burst forward for United’s second goal, running half the pitch before passing to the Belgian.
Lukaku’s assist led to Jesse Lingard’s calm finish. But Shaw’s influence should not be understated.

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It was the left-back’s confident surge forward that helped United build a two-goal cushion. It was also a moment that simply would not have happened under Jose Mourinho.
Shaw was lambasted time and again by the former United boss. He was also prevented from bombing forward no matter how effective he proved in the past.
Now the shackles are off, Shaw can prove his worth at both ends of the field.
It may be United’s attacking players who are making headlines right now. But Shaw’s resurgence is just as impressive.

That moment against Arsenal is just a glimpse of what the £27million man (BBC) can do.
 

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.