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Luke Shaw has finally been able to prove his worth to Manchester United this season

When Manchester United announced Luke Shaw there was quite a bit of hype surrounding the then 18-year-old left back. He seemed like the perfect long-term pick to fill the left back position. In his first two Premier League seasons with Southampton, he managed 60 appearances and was involved with 21 wins, 17 of them being clean sheets.

Shaw also managed 276 recoveries as well as winning 379 duels the first two seasons. It seemed like he would definitely be a solid 12-15-year player, which was the traditional United style just 20 years ago. His first season with United he did manage 16 appearances under Louis van Gaal.

Unfortunately, with the season just overall being a rough year for just about every player in the squad. Shaw was only involved in six wins, and only one clean sheet with another five defeats. His defensive stats were also greatly reduced, not breaking 100 duels or recoveries. It was definitely not the Luke Shaw that Southampton had been able to see, and for that performance he was sent down the pecking order at United.

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Nevertheless, things only got worse in the next three seasons as well under Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Shaw only appeared a total of 27 times in the Premier League during those seasons, with only 14 wins, and 12 clean sheets. It was definitely clear in the first half of this season that he and Mourinho especially were not getting along, and that Mourinho did not think highly of the left back.

Even up to Mourinho’s firing did it seem that the two were consistently butting heads, and it started to become a rumour that Shaw may have been nearing his end at the club until Mourinho left and was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

This season, in general, seems to have been a significantly better one for Shaw, but when it comes down to his overall morale and happiness with the club, he is a completely different player compared to the last three seasons, which has greatly increased his playtime.

His role also seems to have improved, it seems that Solskjaer is giving him the chances he needs to improve as a player. Which has us pretty excited about the 23-year old’s future, especially when he covers a position that has been significantly hard to come by in the transfer market.

Written by Joel Dulka

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