Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw produced a timely reminder of the qualities he can bring to Ralf Rangnick’s team in the 3-1 win against Burnley.
United’s number 23 came into the side in place of Alex Telles to make his first Premier League appearance under the club’s interim boss.
It was the former Southampton man’s first Premier League outing since coming off with a head injury in the 4-1 defeat to Watford, which proved to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game in charge of the club.
Prior to his start against Burnley, the England international’s only appearance after that infamous outing at Vicarage Road was in the Champions League dead rubber against Young Boys.
However, against Sean Dyche’s side, Shaw didn’t look like a man who had only played 90 minutes over the last month, he looked like a man with a point to prove, eager to show he is still the club’s best left-back.
Telles looked to have stolen a march on the 26-year-old, following the appointment of Rangnick, but Shaw impressed on his return to the side and will be hoping he’s done enough to retain his place in the side ahead of Monday’s clash against Wolves.
No player from either side created more chances than Shaw (3) in the clash against the Clarets and it was encouraging to see an understanding developing with Jadon Sancho down United’s left.
Shaw was aggressive and pressing Burnley out of possession, something that would have pleased his new boss.
He picked out with Cristiano Ronaldo with a perfect lofted through ball in the opening stages, but United’s talisman surprisingly snapped at the shot and skewed it over the bar.
No player had more touches than Shaw (84) and no United player made more tackles (2).
It was a solid nights work from a man who has struggled with form and fitness this campaign.
But with the second half of the season upon us, Shaw’s best form might not be too far away judging by tonight’s evidence.
Shaw’s performance saw him come in for high praise from Manchester United fans on social media…
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