Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has credited manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his mini-revival.
Shaw won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award last season for being one of few consistent performers in a turbulent season involving a managerial change.
But his start to this season was ruined by injury and he soon lost his place to the young, fearless academy graduate Brandon Williams.
Shaw endured several weeks watching from the sidelines as fans began to question if he was good enough with Williams so impressive.
However, since his return to the team he has been fantastic and played a prominent role in United’s eleven game unbeaten run before the coronavirus suspension.
The 24-year-old believes Solskjaer’s man-management skills have helped him tremendously in instilling his belief.
“He’s helped me a lot on the pitch, but more so he’s been one of the biggest influences off the pitch too, with the way he handles players,” Shaw told the official club website.
“He knows what players need. I had a difficult couple of years before he came in; I think maybe he realised that and knew what I needed. He’s really helped me off the pitch. He obviously believes in me, he tells me that. That’s the confidence you need as a player: to have the manager believe in you.”
Shaw has thrived in a new found centre-back role when the Norwegian opts for. back three against offensively dangerous opposition.
His performances in the role have given him confidence and he is now offering himself as an attacking asset in his more familiar full-back position.
Shaw is playing some of the best football we have seen at Old Trafford and the competition for places with Williams can only be a good thing for Solskjaer and United.