Gary Neville believes Luke Shaw is reaching close to his pinnacle form in his new found position at Manchester United.
Shaw’s United career has been hampered by injuries and he has struggled to down a regular first-team place.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has selected him in a back three in each of the last two games.
Shaw has looked surprisingly comfortable in the role against Chelsea and Club Brugge and has been one of United’s better performers.
He often comes under a lot of criticism but it must be noted that Shaw reads the game very well and he is quite suited to the left-centre back role with the cover of Brandon Williams and Harry Maguire alongside him.
Shaw can also venture forward from the position and make driving runs, where he can be covered by the likes of Nemanja Matic who fills in the gap in central defence.
The pair appear to have a good understanding whenever the England full-back makes an attacking run.
Despite Shaw’s success in the position, surely the five-at-the-back formation won’t be implemented as Solskjaer’s preferred way of playing.
United need to revert to a back four when the onus is on them to score, in order to give them more options going forward.
The Reds face Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday and we expect Solskjaer to go back to his 4-2-3-1 system.
Shaw, however, deserves to retain his place in the starting eleven having shone this week and could take Brandon Williams’ place at his familiar left-back position.
I think Luke Shaw is approaching something like his best in that left centre back position. He looks strong and has his running back to where it was. I hope he stays clear of injury now .
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 21, 2020