Benni McCarthy impressed by Luke Shaw's performance against Iran
Manchester United forward coach Benni McCarthy was impressed with Luke Shaw‘s performance in England’s 6-2 win against Iran.
It was the 27-year-old’s teasing and inviting cross in the 35th minute which resulted in Jude Bellingham breaking the deadlock with a glancing header.
Red Devils fans will be hoping that the Borussia Dortmund star fancies getting on the end of Shaw’s crosses at club level and decides that Manchester United is the best move for him when he decides to leave Germany.
But following Ben Chilwell’s hamstring injury, Gareth Southgate opted against naming another natural left-back in his 26-man squad.
Although Kieran Trippier and Bukayo Saka are options at left-back, it does seem that United’s number 23 is a nailed-on starter in the Three Lions XI.
Prior to yesterday’s Group B opener, Shaw’s last and only other World Cup appearance came eight years ago under Roy Hodgson in a drab 0-0 dead rubber draw against Costa Rica.
But having missed out on a spot in Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad, the former Southampton youngster has established himself as a key part of the England side.
Benni McCarthy impressed by Luke Shaw’s performance against Iran
With Shaw entering the prime years of his career, judging by the full-back’s recent record, it seems clear that the 24-time England international is relishing tournament football.
After earning the nickname ‘Shawberto Carlos’, relating to Brazil legend Roberto Carlos, following his influential performances at last summer’s European Championships, which included him opening the scoring against Italy in the final, Shaw carried on where he left in major international tournaments.
With three goals and nine assists from his 24 England appearances, Shaw is now averaging a direct goal involvement in every other game for his country.
Clearly relishing playing on the big stage, Shaw also has five goal involvements in his last five tournament games for the Three Lions.
Following his impressive start in Qatar, McCarthy and Bruno Fernandes reacted to his performance with a comment on his Instagram post.
McCarthy, who joined Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff at the end of July, commented: “Well done mate. Super performance.”
While Fernandes wrote: “Great game beast”.