Luke Shaw has somehow managed to go from overrated to underrated in the space of a year.
Last season he won a Manchester United player of the year award double despite some really poor performances over the last two months.
There was a sense of resentment towards him from some fans that he had won the award, despite one of them being a supporter vote, and add in an injury to begin this season and Brandon Williams’ emergence, Shaw entered 2020 with his stock as low as ever.
He didn’t help himself on New Year’s Day when he was one of United’s worst players in the defeat to Arsenal.
Since then he has been steadily improving, featuring in a different role, and last night’s performance against Club Brugge was a continuation of Shaw turning his season around.
Shaw has played a key role in United keeping six clean sheets in the last nine matches in all competitions.
He has been used as a centre-back in a three-man defence, helping to cover Brandon Williams’ forays forward from left wing-back.
Shaw’s performances in the position have barely garnered a mention to the point that he has become an underrated player instead of an overrated one.
Last night against Club Brugge he was one of United’s better players in a game where there were a lot of under performers.
Williams was one of those who struggled in Belgium but the same could not be said of Shaw.
The 24-year-old had 113 touches, more than any player on the pitch and was the only one in three-figures.
Shaw was also able to drive forward, making more dribbles than any other player (4).
He also created two goalscoring chances, which was as many as attackers Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira did combined.
Defensively he was up to the task too, making a joint team high three tackles along with one interception.
On a night where Anthony Martial’s goal grabbed the headlines, Bruno Fernandes’ cameo performance nearly stole the show, and a number of woeful displays warranted negative attention, Shaw’s continued improvement deserves praise too.
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