Despite a great start to their Champions League campaign last month with a 3-0 win over Young Boys, United were held to a 0-0 draw against Valencia at Old Trafford in their second European game of the season.
United fans were desperate for a win last night in order to boost morale at Old Trafford and silence the club’s critics, however it was not meant to be.
The Reds got off to an encouraging, energetic start and it almost looked as if Jose Mourinho’s teams were going to get an early goal.
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However, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku failing to find the back of the net, United struggled to even get a decent amount of shots on target in order to at least test Valencia’s goalkeeper.
Although there are issues up front for United, the teams only saving grace last night, and RedArmyBet’s man of the match is Luke Shaw.
The 23-year-old made numerous important challenges throughout the night and attempted a variety of passes in order to give his team a chance at attacking against the Spanish side.
What is most impressive about Shaw is how easily he has slotted into the United back four since he has once again become a permanent fixture in our starting XI.
Being so young, it would have been easy for Shaw to leave United in the lurch and move on to pastures new. After recovering from his horrific leg injury, the youngster has struggled to regain his spot in the United squad and was heavily criticised by his manager.
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Rather than giving up or jumping on the ‘we blame Mourinho’ band wagon, Shaw has simply kept his head down and has done what he is paid to do: play good football.
He has even shown humility towards United fans, apologising through the media for United’s poor performances and has attempted to inject positivity into the team with encouraging words for his teammates.
In a time where there is much uncertainty at United, seeing the strong and loyal behaviour in Shaw is something his teammates should take note of, and who knows, maybe they will follow suit and begin putting in some impressive performances.
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