Manchester United’s incredible upturn in fortunes have not just steadied the shaky Old Trafford ship but has managed to shoot them into this season’s title race.
The team’s resurgence is reflected in no better example than United and England defender, Luke Shaw.
As reported in the Telegraph, Shaw’s return to the top of his game has underlined the character Erik ten Hag has instilled in his new look United side.
United and Shaw started the season in disastrous fashion; back to back defeats at the hands of Brighton and Brentford left Ten Hag facing a mountain and Shaw was dropped from the first XI.
Summer singing Tyrell Malacia showed grit and determination in his early appearances and it was enough to keep Shaw out of the side for the next eight weeks.
Since then, Shaw, and his teammates, have learned that anything less their best, on and off the pitch, will not be tolerated under this regime.
Shaw has now forced his way back in front of the unpolished but exciting Malacia, to cement his place as one of Ten Hag’s most trusted players.
The left back’s ability has never been in question but his mentality and consistency have held him back in recent seasons.
Shaw is now undoubtedly one of the finest full backs in the country and has developed into a surprise but very capable option at centre back for Ten Hag.
Whilst this is a nod to the outstanding coaching of the United manager, it underpins the improvement in Shaw’s attitude and commitment, something Ten Hag has highlighted.
“You can see when he has the right approach he’s a top player, he’s an example of how to win big games. I’m really happy with his development – I think it’s been huge either at centre-half or left full back.” he said.
Shaw’s attitude off the pitch has also notably matured, he speaks with clarity and personality when engaging with the media and is a growing presence in the dressing room, again, noted by his manager.
“He’s a leader. He’s shown a lot of leadership capacities – he’s the example at this moment. He’s a great player and a great personality for the dressing room.” he said.
Shaw’s renaissance should serve as an example to any current or future player that turns out for Manchester United.
United’s unlikely title charge now faces a huge five days, with back-to-back games in London, against Crystal Palace and Arsenal, respectively.
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