Man Utd: Solskjaer praises Shaw's derby display
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Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw will face a real test when he next suffers an injury, according to Liverpool legend Steve Nicol. Shaw has arguably been one of the best left-backs in the Premier League so far this season. The arrival of Alex Telles has seemed to up the Englishman’s performances after years of being in and out of the United side.
Nicol believes there is no doubt the presence of Telles has helped get more out of Shaw.
But the pundit believes an injury could perhaps see the 25-year-old return to some of the bad habits of his first few seasons at Old Trafford.
He reckons a spell out of the side will test if Shaw really has what it takes to be a top-class player for United.
“It’s very hard to argue [that Telles has pushed him],” Nicol told ESPN FC.
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“I think it’s probably the first thing that comes to your mind.
“The question is, what’s going to happen to Luke Shaw if he picks up an injury and is out for three or four weeks?
“Is he going to go back to the old Luke Shaw? Or is he going to have learned from what he was doing wrong for the first two or three seasons at United? That will be the real tester.
“It’s very easy when you’re playing well and you’re fit and everything’s working and you’re ticking over nicely and you’re winning games, the real test will come when he picks up an injury and misses three or four weeks and then we’ll see if Luke Shaw has matured, has learned, or whether this is just a temporary fix.”
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United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Shaw has adapted well to the competition Telles has provided.
And he believes becoming a father has also had a positive impact on his performances.
“He’s been working steadily and really well,” Solskjaer said.
“He got this injury towards the end of last season, he worked really hard to get fit.
“He’s got competition in Alex [Telles], Alex has done well. Luke has really taken on that competition. He goes forward, he trusts himself.
“He’s become a dad – that does a lot to many – and Luke has matured so much I’d say in the last two-and-a-half years and I love to see his development.
“He’s now 25 and has become a man, one of the experienced boys in our team and his attitude has been spot on.
“When you have this talent the world is at your feet.”
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