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Gareth Southgate: Luke Shaw is difficult to play against One-vs-One

Gareth Southgate: Luke Shaw is difficult to play against One-vs-One

Luke Shaw has rediscovered himself for club and country. During the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifier against San Marino, Shaw proved his worth to England coach Gareth Southgate. Following the game on March 25th, 2021, Southgate heaped praises on the Kingston Upon Thames native.

Luke Shaw recently made his re-entry into the Manchester United lineup and has done so in a way that he has received praise from his team-mates and manager. Moreover, England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted the twenty-five-year-olds skills have astonished him.

In an interview on March 27th, 2021, he said, “In a one-on-one situation, Luke Shaw is the best. He makes sure he wins his duels and protects the other defenders. In terms of defense, he is like a rock, but his attack is also on point.”

Southgate remembered Luke Shaw from his years as an under 21 player as he said, “I remember him playing in my first game as England’s under 21 boss. He has grown as a player since then.”

Luke Shaw has undoubtedly grown since then, as he has become a capable player now. He can take the captain’s armband from Maguire if his United team-mate slips up in making decisions.

However, prior to Ole’s arrival at United, Luke Shaw struggled to get minutes in the Red Devils jersey.

The Struggles of Shaw before the arrival of the Norwegian ‘nice guy’

Luke Shaw started regularly for Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium. The youngster exhibited his skills as a full-back and soon caught the attention of Ed Woodward and Louis Van Gaal. 

In his debut season for United, he made sixteen appearances. Although, in the following seasons, the need for the Englishman was not as dire as he made few appearances, with most of them coming from the bench. 

Luke Shaw and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Luke Shaw and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The 2018-19 EPL season gave him some relief as he appeared twenty-four times and recorded one goal and five assists. As seen by Luke Shaw, the difference was that Jose Mourinho became the manager of the Manchester club.

The Portuguese manager left Chelsea as a disgruntled former employee, and Manchester United became his path to salvation. Luke Shaw found himself on the list of the players that Mourinho took an interest in. 

When Jose left, Shaw did not miss him much as Ole displayed immense trust in the twenty-five-year-old Englishman. Under Ole, he is having his most productive season, and his proficiency in defense and attack is getting better.

Speaking of Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese coach (now at Tottenham) sent a cryptic text to Shaw. The message has been assumed as a ploy by Mourinho to snatch Shaw away from United.

Luke Shaw move to Tottenham hinted at through cryptic Mourinho text

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gives instructions to Luke Shaw (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gives instructions to Luke Shaw (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho knows the capability of the young Englishman, and it would be a wise move on his part to sign Luke Shaw for Tottenham next season.

Tottenham lacks players with an attacking mentality, and how they exited the Europa League stands as evidence. Therefore a player of Shaw’s defensive mold and attack prowess would most definitely impact the Lilywhites.

Tottenham came back from a massive loss against Dinamo Zagreb by securing the win against Aston Villa. Though the wind has eased a bit of the pressure on Mourinho, ‘the one’ will have to do a lot more to convince the Tottenham management not to sack him at the end of the season.

The answer is available within Luke Shaw; Mourinho just has to pay the exorbitant fee that United would command for him.

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