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Alan Shearer names Manchester United defender as best player on pitch against Liverpool

Alan Shearer labelled Luke Shaw as the best player on the pitch in Manchester United’s goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield.

United remained top of the Premier League by two points ahead of Leicester City and Manchester City after a gutsy showing against Jurgen Klopp’s champions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds were deluged by Klopp’s rampant side early on but grew in confidence and could have been the first team to claim an away league victory at Anfield since April 2017 had Bruno Fernandes or Paul Pogba capitalised on great openings after the break.

United’s attackers disappointed but Solskjaer’s defence again stood tall, and Shearer picked out Shaw for special praise after a near flawless showing.

“Best player on the park, Luke Shaw,” he said on Match of the Day 2, as quoted by the MEN. 

“Defensively (he) was excellent and he offered a lot going forward as well.”

Shaw nullified the threat of both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane with the two wingers not gaining any joy down the right flank after switching roles.

The 25-year-old also created United’s best chance after showing great ambition on the overlap to find Fernandes on the cut-back.

Shaw has earned widespread praise in recent weeks and is now one of Solskjaer’s most reliable performers.

Shearer believes new competition at left-back after the summer deadline day arrival of Alex Telles can only benefit Solskjaer’s squad.

“You’ve got someone (Telles) who’s ready to take your place in the team, and you know that if you’re not at it, you’re going to be out of the team,” he added.

“I think that can only be a healthy thing.”

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