Luke Shaw was recognised as a standout player at Manchester United and across the entire Premier League on Sunday night, after impressing ...
“Luke has been brilliant this year, he really has,”said the Irishman.
“He is in a rich vein of form at the moment and I thought he was very composed tonight, defensively and in attack.United Academy graduate and respected analyst Danny Webber agreed with Irwin’s assessment when picking Shaw as his Man of the Match from the victory.“In the first half, it [the left flank] was probably the area where we thought we would get something from the game in terms of attacking and it opened up in the second half. He was just so good. It is easy to single Luke out, but the whole defence was great and you wouldn't say any anybody played poorly.“I thought it was a great team performance and Mason led the line very, very well. We could have scored more goals but Luke is the standout performer at the moment, he really is. Confidence, it's all about confidence.”
“He is playing with an air of confidence at the moment and I go back to the second half, when he got put in a bit of trouble – he just rolled his foot over the ball and came out,”said the ex-Red.
“It wasn't an easy thing to do, which shows the level of confidence he is playing with. He bombed forward all game, defended, got in numerous blocks and he is doing it with ease. He is reading the danger and just playing, so for me Luke takes the award.”Data guru Statman Dave also raved about Shaw in his detailed study of the game, telling viewers that Luke is officially the most creative player in the Premier League in terms of chances created.
“It was another great display,”said Dave.
“Denis spoke about how good he has been this season and he is really in form right now. We saw that creativity in the first half, that movement into the inside channel, and the crosses were absolutely superb.“Looking at his stats, he completed 100 per cent of his dribbles, won 100 per cent of his tackles, which was the most of any United player, completed 91 per cent of his chances, eight ball recoveries, seven crosses, three passes into the penalty area and two chances created.
“Shaw is the most creative defender in the Premier League, joining Bruno Fernandes as the most creative player in Europe. He has created more chances than anyone in Europe's top five leagues.”
Luke Shaw = 31 per cent
Harry Maguire = 21 per cent
Bruno Fernandes = 17 per cent
Mason Greenwood = 13 per cent
Scott McTominay = 7 per cent