Luke Shaw delighted to be back playing for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Luke Shaw is delighted to be back playing for Manchester United having spent so long on the sidelines.

The 19-year-old started against Chelsea yesterday and was by far and away Man United’s best player on the day in what was a solid performance at left-back.

Even if Shaw had been playing every week for the last few months his performance against Chelsea would still have been good, so the fact he did that well having come back into his first game since Arsenal nearly six weeks ago is all the more impressive.

Branislav Ivanovic is one of the best right-backs in the league but Shaw gave him a headache all afternoon until the Serbian was eventually booked by Mike Dean. Defensively he was strong and his blistering pace opened up so many opportunities for United on the left flank. He was, by some margin, the most dangerous player United had going forward.

Despite his positive performance, United walked away from the game with nothing and that’s something which left Shaw understandably frustrated.

Looking ahead, Louis van Gaal will have a decision to make when Daley Blind and Michael Carrick return from injury. Will Blind be first choice left-back when fit or did Shaw’s electric pace give United’s attack a dimension which van Gaal wants to exploit more often?

All in all, that performance was arguably Shaw’s best in a United shirt and it was the first time he really looked like the £27m defender van Gaal paid for.

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