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He's got some proper eyebrows on him doesn't he! Think he will have a big year this year.
If that's his 1st performance then I expect another injury filled season with the villagers bringing out their pitchforks.
At least he doesn't pluck them. That would be right behind chest shaving in my list of top 10 reasons why men are turning into effeminate, self-absorbed douchebags and we're all doomed.
Hope he can stay relatively injury free and gets a decent shot.
As happy as I am with the signings we are making I can't help but feel United's British talent could be under serious threat.
I hope we wont see 'omg how fat is he' or 'he's injured cause he has a fat ass' posts or we'll see a lot fewer ot those than last season.
He's going to be class this season if he can stay fit. He looked very good when he played last season and that was without being able to get any consistency to his game time.
People go on about our defensive frailty , but Shaw, Darmian and Smalling are three quarters of a very good defense.
How fat is that chap? I reckon the only reason he's always injured is because he can't stay away from a McDonalds. Bring out the pitchforks!
He's fast become my new favorite player at the club, really hope that he gets a good run with no injuries this year.
Really hope he's put the injuries behind him. If he can stay injury free, he'll have a fantastic season.
My expectations towards him are higher than any other young player in our team.
It's funny but, if you post it ten or twenty times in different threads, it will suddenly become the new orthodoxy. That's how the Caf works.
I struggle to imagine him not becoming one of our best players and one of the best fullbacks in the league. Might take time, but barring a career-limiting injury, it'll happen.
That moment against Chelsea where, full sprint, he took down a long Carrick (I think?) pass and simultaneously beat Ivanovic all with one touch. You simply can't produce a touch like that without being a special player.
And he's living proof that football intelligence and actual intelligence are not the same thing. Thick as two short planks, but his decision-making on the pitch is delightful for such a young player.
A fit Luke SHaw is already the best LB in the league imo.
Well, probably. Since Baines has started to decline and allowing that Azpilicueta is a mostly defensive player in a superb Mourinho defensive unit. But it would be nice to see it for a whole uninterrupted season before making that claim. Otherwise it's really just theoretical.
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Didn't see the match. How'd he do?
He impressed me. Looked positive all the time and a good thread down the left, didn't take too many risks and showed good pace and strength throughout.
He's one signing I was never worried about, the lad oozes class and is years ahead of his age in terms of development. Everyone seemed to get some sort of injuries when training under LVG's new thinking so once he strengthens accordingly we'll see the proper Shaw.
I like his dribbling. He knows he has pace to burn so he ambles forward, inviting opposition players to close him down and uses the space they leave behind.
It's kinda like Valencia does only he bottles the bit where you actually push it into said space and switch on the afterburners.
Put it this way, Blackett was a lot more impressive at left-back in the 2nd half than Shaw in the first. One of them conceded a crazy freekick right on the edge of our box for a needless push after a long ball; it wasn't Blackett. About 1 min 22 secs into the clip of all his touches below.
that faul wasn't even a faul, the ref was clown, wasn't impressive but a first game, more moments like that at 1:50, he doesn't look like someone who is fast but when he runs he's really fast. Blackett did well
Another season of almost none attacking impact and I hope we sign his real competitor. Does he live in the 80's? He's great defensively but has literally no creativity whatsoever in him. He is fast, can dribble, a smart olayer but he hesitates too much on the ball. Needs to sort it out ASAP. You cant play possession football with non existent FB's.
You are right, he isn't very good with his final ball and doesn't have the tricks & technique of Evra. However, his [extreme] speed, directness & tendency to overlap means he can still be dangerous going forward. I also think that he's so good defensively, that it is worth the trade-off. Just watch his performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - he's obviously capable of being an attacking outlet, it's just a matter of consistency (as well as improvement in his final ball) for him.
I do think he will improve over time, though. He already has the defensive side of his game nailed down, so I am sure the coaches know they can afford to try and develop his technical side as much as possible - he's still so young, and it is his first time playing for a team where he will be on the front foot more than the back. I imagine we'll see a much more well-rounded player in three or four years.
He has a lot of potential, I dont think anyone can doubt that. But he is in a way attackingly a hindrance to us. With the football we play, teams sit back and there's just no space in the middle. Because of that we should utilize the space out wide very well. Just watch how Barca does it with Alba and Alves, they cross, linkup, create space for wingers that's what we need to create more chances and raise the tempo. Last season Shaw and Valencia were just very lacking in this area whilst being very solid players. I think for Soton Shaw was better attackingly than he's for us now. Although against Chelsea, City, and Crystal Palace he had very good displays on attacking and defensive side, that shows promise.
I am still amazed by the maturity and confidence he has at his age. He looks very much like a veteran fullback.
The amount of criticism here is incredible. People are forgetting his age and the potential he clearly has.
It's only that his potential doesnt play in the field at the moment, there's some standards a starter for United has to reach to play week in and out. In attacking aspect Shaw just isnt reaching that. Playing talents is important, but the FB position is just so important in our style of play that we cant keep playing somebody there just because he has potential. If it doesnt change soon, you have just hindranced yourself for a while because you basically wait for potential to be fulfilled. With the importance of that position and our ambition to be amongst the best in the world, it doesnt look ideal to me.
Agreed. Plus I think, and I also think Van Gaal would agree that the fact he can defend first and foremost is more important than his attacking capabilities (which will improve). Valencia being a constant over Rafael sort of shows that.
Hopefully Shaw can stay injury free, he is much better than Blind at left back.
I agree with Sammyjunn on this, I was hoping to see that he can replicate that Chelsea performance on a regular basis and especially against lesser sides he should look threatening as an attacking outlet in his own right.
Really needs to up his game for in a technical sense and make more braver decisions on the ball, cut the passing back out.. try and cut in and use your midfielders so the momentum of the attack is still kept. Needs to work on his right foot.
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This. He is already amazing at 20 and he's going to get better and better.
Blackett didn't get forward once to help pereira from what I can remember, he just stood in the LB position and let him get doubled up on. Shaws "push was not even proper contact, he backed into him and when he held him off he hit the floor. That isn't a foul but he conned the referee. You can't blame Shaw for a stupid ref. apart from that he defended very well and supported the attacks, it was a solid but not spectacular performance.
From the sounds of things some of you guys would hate Azpi. I swear that guy doesn't even overlap.
The criticisms of his attacking contribution are valid, but I'm pretty confident that by the end of the season we'll be wondering why we were so worried. A season of regular first team football, the natural development that comes with it and the confidence of being a starter for United will see him really grow into the role this season. I'm certain of that.
I'd second that man
I enjoyed that 1 2 with Young at about 1.50 where he just glides past the opposition. He doesn't look quick but runs past people for fun.
Shaw still getting criticised on here.......shocking!
I guess he is just one of those players.
Im really impressed with that story about him and Januzaj taking a fitness trainer on holiday with them, seems to have an impressively mature attitude. Really hope he can put the injury problems behind him this season, he's pretty much a nailed on starter for me when he's fit.
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