Denis Irwin says Luke Shaw is the best left-back in the league

Luke Shaw is the best left-back in the Premier League, according to one former Manchester United legend.

Manchester United Football Club are enjoying their best season in years. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves massive credit for that, turning this side into title contenders once again.

To a man, the squad are all playing their hearts out for their manager. Sure, an in-form Manchester City side stands in our way but at least we’re in the conversation right now.

From Bruno Fernandes to Marcus Rashford, to a resurgent Paul Pogba and a bang in-form Harry Maguire. This squad is looking healthier than ever.

Ex-Red Denis Irwin is the latest to heap the praise on players. In fact, the United legend has claimed a certain 25-year-old is the best in the league in his position; Luke Shaw.


When asked directly whether Luke Shaw was the best left-back in the country, the United legend said:

“Absolutely,” Irwin responded while conducting an interview with ManUtd.com“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 is 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.”

I mean, this is hard to agree with. Ben Chilwell has been displaced from the Chelsea side by Marcos Alonso, while Andy Robertson looks half the player he was last term. As for Shaw, he’s getting better and better.

We’re now seeing the £30million player that we signed all those years ago. It’s just a shame that injuries have ruined a good half-decade of what could have been a simply stunning United career. The good news? Shaw is still young enough to make up for that lost time.

You look at his brilliant performance last time out. He’d only play for 45 minutes but Shaw would pick up two assists and work his socks off for the cause. He really was outstanding and the fact that Solskjaer decided to sub him off at half-time to preserve his left-back for future games tells you everything you need to know about Shaw’s importance.

First and foremost, I’m just delighted for Shaw. He absolutely deserves this as he’s been through hell over the last few years. I’ll be the first to admit I thought he wouldn’t be able to turn it around at United – but my has he.

Long may this continue, too. Right now, he’s the best in the country in his position and I don’t really think it’s close.

Well played and keep it up, Luke!

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