Luke Shaw was one of the best players for Manchester United during the opening four games of the 2018-19 season.
The talented left-back, who looked set to leave Old Trafford during the recent transfer window, not only chose to say and fight for a first-team place. He quickly became the team’s starting left-back after impressing Jose Mourinho during pre-season, and it seemed there was something… different about Shaw this time. Perhaps it was his attitude. Or maybe it was the clear uptick on his performances. Another factor could be that Shaw finally look close to the form he had when he used to play for Southampton. That form made him one of the best left-backs in Europe and brought him to Manchester United in the first half.
Unfortunately, the 23-year-old suffered another setback in his development. Shaw suffered a brutal fall in the international friendly against Spain last week, and received a seven-day mandatory rest period. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to rest after suffering a fall like this one?
Shaw has been ruled out for this weekend’s match against Watford, and his status going forward has not been announced yet. However, United fans shouldn’t worry. Losing Shaw could be a huge blow, but United have the perfect replacement. He goes by the name of Ashley Young.
Young is ready to return to the starting XI
The former winger adapted nicely to the full-back role. In fact, he was one of the best players for The Red Devils this past season. Plus, Mourinho trusts him, and he can do a decent job on both ends of the pitch. It only takes a look at his stats last season to see how productive he was. Young featured in 30 Premier League matches during 2017-18, scoring two goals and often looking like a consistent attacking player. That ability to push the lines forward into a more attacking stance granted him a spot in the England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but he could not play a significant role for The Three Lions.
But that shouldn’t hide the fact that he is a quality player. One that should not have problems to fill the void left by Shaw, either on a short-term or a long-term scenario. And those are very good news for United. After all, who wouldn’t like to have two competent player per position?
If only that happened in every position on the squad….
….but that is a story for another article.