Monday, 11 December, 2017

Luke Shaw's first start of the season for Manchester United assessed

Shaw's touch map in Manchester United's win over CSKA Moscow Shaw's touch map in Manchester United's win over CSKA Moscow
Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2017, 06:21

Manchester United after all spent £30 million on the player from Southampton and Jose Mourinho himself, whilst at Chelsea, saw Shaw as a potential signing for the Blues.

On Tuesday Luke Shaw started his first Manchester United game since April as United advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Rashford would have the first clear chance of the match as United started on the front-foot with strike-partner Lukaku slipping him in for a one-on-one but he didn't get the cleanest of connections and his shot hit the post to let the visitors off the hook.

22 - Shaw shows great pace to run in behind his marker and reach Paul Pogba's slide-rule pass but he slightly misdirects the cross and the chance is gone.

Is the Shaw to #Spurs move a possibility in January? Said it since the summer, get fatty Rose out of here and get Shaw in.

45 - CSKA Moscow take the lead. "What did you want me to do, leave him at home?", he said.

55 - Clever lofted ball from Shaw into the left channel puts Mata in behind and his cross is met by Chris Smalling but the defender heads just wide.

"It was no surprise that in 80 minutes he's feeling the consequences of that intensity; it's normal as it's the first match of the season for him", the manager proclaimed. With Daley Blind again proving against Moscow that he's far from the answer and Matteo Darmian also looking out of favour despite regular appearances last season, a space for Shaw can definitely be made in the coming weeks.

It was this player whose name was on the lips of most United fans at the sound of the final whistle.

Luke Shaw is playing mad.

"[He had an] excellent game".

With the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League - where they progressed as Group A winners on Tuesday night - all in play and chasing an eight-point deficit behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, Mourinho is keen to add a left-back, a winger and a central midfielder to his squad. "We weren't sure he would play but he tried and he played, that's part of football".