Luke Shaw has responded to accusations of diving following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Southampton last Friday.
The 21-year-old’s back foot was clipped by Jordan Clasie as he darted into the box, leaving referee Anthony Taylor with no choice but to award a spot-kick, which was duly converted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
However, some didn’t agree with the decision, accusing Shaw of clipping his own heels and simulating a foul to earn his side a penalty.
Speaking after the game, Shaw vehemently dismissed the idea, insisting there was clear contact from Clasie.
“A lot of people are saying it wasn’t a penalty, but 100 per cent it was a penalty, he clipped my foot,” he said.
“There was 100 per cent contact and I am not one to dive or to cheat. I am happy I played a part in one of the goals tonight.”
“This was my first home game back after my broken leg and the atmosphere was amazing – I love playing here.
“I wish we could play here every week, but that’s not the case. When we do, the fans are amazing.”
From my vantage point in the East Stand, it came across as a stonewall penalty, and the thousands alongside me clearly felt the same way. Analysing the replays later on only served to affirm this notion: Clasie clearly kicks Shaw’s trailing leg into his standing leg, getting none of the ball. A clear penalty, and one United deserved after a period of sustained pressure from the left hand side.
With the hysteria surrounding Paul Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho, Old Trafford somewhat forgot about Shaw, making his first appearance at the Theatre of Dreams since September 12th 2015. The defender, despite a 10 month setback, has continued to rampage up and down the left hand side with the same level of skill and solidity, and will be a crucial aspect of Mourinho’s squad this season.