Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has struggled to reignite last season’s form for club and country, but his performance against Tottenham could help him turn a corner.

It hasn’t just been Shaw who has been culpable for United’s severe defensive shortcomings, his defensive partner in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gareth Southgate’s teams, Harry Maguire, has been equally as shocking.

But at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, playing further forward in a left wing-back role, Shaw showed signs that he is ready to kick on and banish his early season struggles.

Shaw heavily involved vs Spurs

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Despite getting an ominously early yellow card for hauling down Lucas Moura with a rugby style tackle, Shaw was able to maintain his discipline and contribute to both sides of United’s game.

Shaw is naturally more attack-minded compared to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, so being asked to hug the touchline and be the team’s outlet isn’t something that is going to faze him.

 

United’s desire to get Shaw on the ball was evident by the fact that no player had more touches for the away side than the 26-year-old.

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Shaw had 81 touches against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, 16 more than Bruno Fernandes and Fred (WhoScored).

No player in the match won more aerial duels than Shaw (6) and he also registered three tackles, two interceptions and four clearances.

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Having Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo leading United’s line gives Shaw double the options of firing the ball into our forwards early.

Having that focal point also gives him the option of an out ball when there isn’t an easy option in possession.

It was a welcome sight to see our left-back making those galloping runs from deep and leaving the Tottenham players in his wake.

On a confidence-boosting night’s work for the former Southampton man, it’s important that he kicks on and brings an element of consistency to his game this season.

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