Luke Shaw has given an insight into the impact Cristiano Ronaldo has had on Manchester United, but also what he has noticed about the 36-year-old in training.
United’s first-choice left-back assisted Ronaldo’s second goal since returning to club in the 4-1 homecoming against Newcastle United.
When you think of Shaw’s delivery from wide areas and Ronaldo’s ability in the air and his explosive movements in the penalty area, it’s hopefully the first of many assists Shaw lays onto Ronaldo.
Shaw yet to go up against Ronaldo
The 26-year-old revealed that he hadn’t directly come up against the five-time Ballon D’Or winner in training as of yet, but he was impressed with what he has seen so far and lavished our number seven with praise.
Speaking via the club’s official website, Shaw said: “I haven’t had to mark him yet [in training]. But he’s very sharp, always in the right position to score the goals, and his movement is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
“It’s no surprise he’s still scoring goals and has been for many years because he’s always in the right place at the right time. That’s a sign of a world-class player.”
Raising the levels
Shaw highlighted that the team has been gripped by Ronaldo’s desire to win and that the former Juventus man’s mentality was rubbing off on the rest of the players.
But he did feel that the rest of the team needed to match Ronaldo’s high standards.
Shaw added: “He’s definitely raised the levels. I think there’s no question why he’s been one of the best players in the world over the last 10 years. The way he conducts himself, the standards he sets, and his mentality is one of the best I’ve ever witnessed.
“It’s only good for us as team-mates to be surrounded by someone like that, who will only raise the bar. We need to follow that. Everywhere he goes, he wins, and the standards he sets are so high. We need to equal those standards and push in the right direction with him as a team.”
With a crucial run of fixtures ahead, the United squad will have to be at Ronaldo’s standards from the fixture after the international break against Leicester.