Denis Irwin needs no introduction around these parts of the internet. The legendary left-back has, however, explained why he thinks Luke Shaw is currently the best left-back in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old has made massive strides in his development this season and has been a regular fixture in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, which has progressed again thus season.
Shaw has made four assists in 25 appearances in all competitions for United this term — including two assists during the 9-0 win over Southampton at an empty Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The arrival of Alex Telles from FC Porto seems to have brought the best out of Shaw, and maybe adding competition to the right-back position this summer could help bring the best out of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. I have said numerous times on the Strettycast that a proper right winger in the side would make a big difference to Wan-Bissaka.
United legend Irwin has heaped praise on Shaw following his recent form for the Reds. He was asked if the English full-back is currently the best in the Premier League.
Irwin said (via ManUtd.com): “Absolutely. Alex Telles coming in has probably pushed him and he’s been really top class in the last couple of months.
“His overlapping is there to see, his defending there to see. It’s good that he’s got competition. He had Brandon Williams last year, and raised his game, and he’s got Alex Telles this year and that has helped him to raise his game.
“Certainly, at the moment, as things stand, he is the best left-back in the league.
“There’s Ben Chilwell down at Chelsea. Obviously, they’re going through a tough time but he’s a really decent player.
“There are one or two others — Ryan Bertrand at Southampton has been doing well and I’m missing one or two more, maybe Andy Robertson. But I agree with you. Luke is playing really, really well and certainly the best he’s played for Manchester United.”