The season so far may not have quite gone to plan for Manchester United but it hasn’t been all doom and gloom for them. But there has been one very bright light shining this season, and that has been the form of left-back Luke Shaw, who so far has been fantastic for his club.
There is no doubt that Shaw has had a very tough time since joining Manchester United from Southampton back in 2014. He joined them for a fee worth over £30 million but there is no way that United have seen anywhere near enough from him to warrant that fee due to injuries and fitness issues. That was, until this season, because he has been a stand out part of Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Even when United have played poorly, Shaw has shown great promise both defensively and when going forward. The 3-0 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford was a prime example of the team struggling but Shaw managed to rise above that and show his worth to the team. Shaw was fantastic all game long, despite this time losing and, if he continues to put in those kind of performances, then he will help his team get better and move out of their poor run of form.
The big positive we have seen from Shaw so far this season, and the reason he commanded such a fee when United brought him to the club, is his play going forward. He is a very capable defender who can do his job when needed but it is going forward where Shaw adds another element to his game, and it is one that few people have. He can pass the ball, run, and pace and deliver a final cross, making him a huge threat on the wing.
The focus for the upcoming weeks for United has to be to steady the ship and pick up some points, in an attempt to get up into the top four. Manchester United are 5/2 for a top-four finish this season, which looks likely to be their main aim from the position they are in right now. Alongside this, they will also be looking to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League, with the hopes of advancing to the latter stages of that competition. This is one they have done well in before and, with the Premier League title something that may be too far away this season, it may be their only option for silverware.
More good performances from Shaw will only aid the chances of a top-four finish for the club. Shaw has recently signed a new deal with United, which is a sign that they are ready to trust him and utilise him as much as possible now he looks to be over his injury issues. If that remains the case, Shaw is only going to help United going forward.