Luke Shaw has expressed his disappointment with Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night - but thanked fans for their support throughout pre-season.
The 20-year-old, who has been tipped to star this season by manager Louis van Gaal, scored an own goal against the French champions but still caught the eye with his impressive work down the left wing.
“Back in the UK, gutted with the result last night!” Shaw wrote to his 893,000 followers. “Thank you to all the fans for your support in pre-season #MUFC”
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Shaw was rather unfortunate to score the own goal; there’s even debate that PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi may have got the final touch.
The goal was the result of a calamitous mix-up in the Manchester United defence between Phil Jones and David de Gea. Shaw came over to clear his lines but unfortunately turned the ball into the back of his own net.
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Shaw will start v Tottenham
That, however, will not deter Van Gaal from selecting Shaw for United’s Premier League opener against Tottenham on August 8.
The Red Devils’ boss has already confirmed that Shaw will start at left-back against Spurs, with Daley Blind poised to occupy the left centre-back position.
Matteo Darmian will play at right-back, ahead of Antonio Valencia, while Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will battle it out for the right centre-back position.
Big season for Luke Shaw
Shaw only made 20 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United in his debut campaign following his £30 million move from Southampton last summer. This was mainly due to a succession of untimely injuries, although fitness issues were also a problem.
However, Manchester United’s coaches - including Van Gaal - are acutely aware of Shaw’s ability and potential.
This is a player capable of becoming one of the world’s best left-backs. Strong, quick and assured on the ball, the young England international has the lot.
Which is why Manchester United agreed to pay such an extortionate amount of money for the player. Shaw could potentially occupy the left-back position at Old Trafford for the next 10-15 years.
Although Blind performed reasonably well at left-back in the second half of last season, Shaw is a far more dangerous going forwards. He’s also better defensively than the Netherlands international, who will be put to the test in that opening match against Spurs by Harry Kane.
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