Luke Shaw became the first England player to score in a tournament final since 1966 when he netted against Italy.
Sadly the result did not have the same glorious outcome for the Three Lions. That should not take away from Shaw’s superb contribution.
Shaw’s biggest fan is Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Norwegian has been talking about his perspective of watching Shaw lash in England’s opener at Wembley.
Speaking to United’s official website, Solskjaer said: “I’m so happy for Luke, I was watching it and ‘what’s just happened?’ He started the attack and we’ve encouraged him to get into the last third.
“We know how technically gifted he is and skilful he is and he hit the ball very, very sweetly. He keeps his eye on the ball, straight laces and it’s margins again – off the post and in not off the post and out. That’s football for you. Luke deserves all the luck he can get. He’s had a tremendous couple of years with us.”
Shaw provided three assists at the tournament before scoring his goal and saw his reputation enhanced as one of the world’s top left-backs.
Solskjaer is right to point out that Shaw’s performances are a product of his staff’s coaching. United have put an emphasis on improving his attacking play and it has paid off.
Shaw will now get a rest for the next few weeks which allows Alex Telles to take a run at the left-back position during pre-season.
Nobody is expecting the former Porto man to displace Shaw permanently, but if he plays well then it could allow the England ace extra rest at the start of the season, to be used more in October and November when United’s fixtures get tougher.
It is endearing to hear Solskjaer speak so positively about Shaw, who told Sky Sports earlier this year that he felt the United boss was key to his improvement.
Another near trophy miss will make Shaw even more determined to succeed this coming year with United.
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