Luke Shaw must up his game after the arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka


Luke Shaw has been the best full-back at Manchester United by default, but he can’t afford to get complacent now that Aaron Wan-Bissaka has arrived.

If you had told me two years ago that Luke Shaw was going to be voted Manchester United Player of the Year in a couple of seasons’ time, I would have laughed in your face.

And yet here we are. A figure who was constantly left out of the squad by then-manager Jose Mourinho and harshly criticised whenever he did play is now one of United’s best players on current form.

The left-back has been immense defensively, stopping anything the opposition throws at him down and his side, and if it weren’t for him, United may have finished even worse than 6th in the Premier League table.

However, if there is one area of Shaw’s game that is still lacking even after his resurgence, it’s his contribution to the Red Devils’ attack.

Indeed, although the 23-year-old demonstrated his defensive prowess countless times last season, he did not venture forward very often, and when he did, his delivery into the box left much to be desired.

Things could change, though, with the arrival of right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £50million.

The 21-year-old was excellent as a defensive right-back for the Eagles and will be a massive improvement over Ashley Young, who constantly left United exposed on that side.

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His arrival means that Shaw will be encouraged to burst forward more often, knowing that there is a defensive full-back on the other side to stay back and cover for him.

There is no more hiding behind defensive duties for Shaw now – he needs to prove that he is capable of putting the ball into the box on a regular basis for United next season.

If he is still a little rusty in this department, then pre-season will be an ideal opportunity for the England international to practice playing in a more attack-minded role.

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Let’s hope Shaw remembers his old tricks and puts them to good use in the 2019-20 campaign.