Despite a disappointing night at Old Trafford on Monday, which saw United unable to bounce back from defeat against Brighton as the Reds lost 3-0 to Tottenham at home, there were still one or two United players who put in good performances.
United began the fixture with great energy, had numerous attempts on goal in the first half and were arguably the better side. However, things began to fall apart for United in the second half as the Reds went 2-0 down early into the second half, and by the 84th minute the stadium began to empty as Tottenham found the back of the net for a third time.
Although many of the United starting XI did not appear to make much of an impact against Spurs, one stand-out player was Luke Shaw.
After a very frustrating start to his career, the former most expensive teenager in the world seems to have been given a second-chance at United.
Shaw experienced great success during his first season, and proved why the Reds had splashed the cash, yet after his double leg fracture in 2015 the 23-year-old has struggled to recover from.
However, after completing an impressive pre-season this year and scoring his first senior goal in the Premier League against Leicester City, could Shaw finally be back on top for United?
It has not been easy for the left-back who fell out of favour with Mourinho but after grasping his second chance with both hands, Shaw seems to have finally done enough to earn a place in Mourinho’s starting XI.
On Monday night Shaw displayed some of his impressive pace which was one of the reasons United signed him in 2014, and was remarkable when attacking especially when up against Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier.
The left-back has performed at a consistently high standard since the Leicester game and was not at fault for any of the three Tottenham goals. However, one of the most impressive things about Shaw on Monday and why he is RedArmyBet’s Man of the Match, is his reaction after the game.
Clearly deflated, Shaw expressed his upset, not with his own performance, but with the result and how it could impact the team.
Shaw’s maturity on and off the pitch did not go unnoticed, and after what feels like years living in Mourinho’s bad books, he finally got some well deserved praised from the manager.
Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho said:
‘I was particularly pleased, I was telling him you cannot play better than you did.”
With an away trip to Burnley approaching on Sunday, Shaw is likely to start again for the Reds, and could even add another goal to his name.
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