The 19-year-old worked tirelessly down Man United’s left flank and was a threat going forward as well as being defensively sound.
If Carrick and Blind are passed fit for the game against Everton on Sunday, van Gaal will have to decide whether or not to leave Shaw out of the starting XI despite his good showing. We asked our Twitter followers if they think Shaw should be dropped:
— Kiran Thakare (@kiran_thakare) April 22, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ no, hes hopefully and likely our lb for next ten yrs or so, need luke playing
— millar (@RojoUrBoat) April 22, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ yes Blind has been far better than Shaw at Left Back.
— MAN UNITED STATS (@unitedstats99) April 22, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ yes. In all honesty I didn’t rate his performance that highly against Chelsea. He made the runs but crossing/final ball avrg
— Zeinab A. Fawaz (@Zspecial1) April 22, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Everton have speedy wingers, Shaw is better option than Blind for that case..
— Dun (@forever9dun) April 22, 2015
The fact that a number of supporters believe Shaw should start against Roberto Martinez’s side could be considered surprising given the form of Blind in recent weeks.
Playing a pivotal role in impressive victories against the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, the Dutchman earned a number of plaudits filling in for Shaw at left-back while he was injured.
Carrick may ultimately miss the game anyway but it is a problem which could surface again as United head into the tail end of the campaign and beyond. The hope for fans is that both players will get ample opportunity to impress with Champions League football to contend with next season.