A day after Louis van Gaal predicted the 2015-16 campaign would be ‘the season of Luke Shaw’, the 20-year-old ended up putting the ball into the back of his own net in Manchester United’s final International Champions Cup match against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
The own goal, scored in the 25th minute, was initially awarded to PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
But on closer inspection it was the unfortunate Shaw who appeared to get the final touch, prodding the ball past David de Gea in the United goal. (Watch the video by scrolling down this page).
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The goal was the result of a calamitous mix-up in the Manchester United defence between Shaw, De Gea and Phil Jones. (Skip to 1 minute 10 seconds)
Jones was caught out by the long ball over the top - the England international didn’t give a good account of himself against the French champions - while the unsettled De Gea was hesitant to come and clear his lines. The Spaniard, who could still secure a move to Real Madrid over the coming weeks, should have done much better.
Shaw came across in a last-ditch attempt to bail out his teammates but ended up scoring the own goal.
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Shaw will start against Spurs
it should be noted, however, that Shaw was one of Manchester United’s best performers on the night - and Van Gaal stated afterwards that the young English full-back will start in the Red Devils’ Premier League opener against Tottenham on August 8.
He will be joined in defence by Matteo Darmian, who was singled out for praise by Van Gaal after United’s 2-0 defeat to PSG, and Daley Blind.
The other centre-back spot will go to either Chris Smalling or Phil Jones - although on the basis of Wednesday night’s performance, the latter is likely to find himself on the substitutes’ bench.
Manchester United look under-prepared
Manchester United may have recorded victories over Club America, San Jose Earthquakes and, most impressively, Barcelona over the past few weeks but their poor display against PSG shows there’s still much work to be done.
It could even be argued that Manchester United could have done with another pre-season friendly back in England before their opener against Spurs; they look a little under-prepared.
However, Van Gaal has organised an 11 v 11 match at the Aon Training Complex next week - an opportunity for all of his squad players to show why they deserve to make the starting line-up for the game against Tottenham in nine days time.
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