How Euro 2020 is proving that Luke Shaw is one of Europe's best left-backs

How Euro 2020 is proving that Luke Shaw is one of Europe's best left-backs

It has been an excellent 12 months for Luke Shaw, as he is rebuilding his reputation following a couple of difficult seasons at Manchester United. During the two knockout matches so far, he provided natural width down the left-flank and been a much greater creative force than he was during the group stage. That was particularly evident against Ukraine, as he spent the majority of the match in the opposition half. Gareth Southgate seems to favour an asymmetrical system, with …
Will United Keep Their Nerve With Solskjaer Decision?

Will United Keep Their Nerve With Solskjaer Decision?

The international break has made an untimely appearance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Manchester United’s limp defeat at the hands of Newcastle on Sunday will allow for two weeks of negative sentiment to fester before the side face Liverpool on resumption of league hostilities. Given that defeat against the Reds last year brought Jose Mourinho’s tenure to an end, speculation is rife that a similar fate awaits the Norwegian on the 20th of October should United suffer a similar fate.  Reports …
Shaw's Resurgence is a Credit to Mourinho's Management

Shaw's Resurgence is a Credit to Mourinho's Management

Despite the rather impressive win at Turf Moor last week, Man United are still in a state of flux at various levels. With the fans showing the club and its board, whose side they are willing to rally behind, on the ground - be it by flying a plane carrying a banner with the very phrase coined by the manager, aimed at its highest-ranked Executive - or by singing the name so vociferously that makes you wonder whether there was …
Fosu Mensah is made for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United

Fosu Mensah is made for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United

On one hand, United are about to let go of - according to credible news outlets - full-back Luke Shaw in the Summer, who was not long ago, the most expensive teenage British transfer in the Premier League. 22-year old Luke Shaw, despite his obvious talent on and off the ball - has not been able to nail down the left-back position in the first team squad that is currently occupied by a 32-year old Ashley Young who is enjoying …
Luke Shaw is Beginning to Thrive Under Mourinho

Luke Shaw is Beginning to Thrive Under Mourinho

One of the criticisms in a long list that Jose Mourinho has faced throughout his career is his lack of trust in young players. Although in 2017/18 with his continued faith in Marcus Rashford, shrewd management of Anthony Martial and outstanding use of Jesse Lingard (young, in terms of top-flight experience) - the Portuguese is proving them all wrong. And rather quietly so. It has been a weird campaign for the Red Devils, I called this spooky in November and …
Manchester United's draw at Stoke is not a sign of things to come

Manchester United's draw at Stoke is not a sign of things to come

Manchester United remain at the top of the league table by the end of matchday four, but only just, thanks to Mark Hughes' Stoke City who, almost predictably, halted United's 100% record accrued over the first three games. Here is my take on how the Red Devils fared at the Britannia, where they have been sub-par in recent years - since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson to be precise, but why their most recent draw could have been a …
It's time for Luke Shaw to justify Mourinho's trust in him

It's time for Luke Shaw to justify Mourinho's trust in him

Manchester United are off to a flyer this season - with two 4-0 wins on the spin in the opening two games. The squad has got the strength in depth - in most areas of the pitch and United are primed to push hard for their first league title in five years in Mourinho's historically successful second season at a new club. Yet, there always is room for improvement and what Manchester United are most certainly no exception to the …
Why Luke Shaw Should Not Be Left-Back at Manchester United

Why Luke Shaw Should Not Be Left-Back at Manchester United

It's an interesting period in the season, especially if you are associated with Manchester United in any way, shape or form. United are the only side in England still competing on all four fronts - with the highest active unbeaten run in all competitions. Jose Mourinho after early promise and an October lull has had his Manchester United click into gear and the performances and results have been consistently solid, if not spectacular. Part of that has been Mourinho's own …
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