Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals inspiration behind Luke Shaw’s Manchester United revival
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed by the form of Luke Shaw this season and gave an insight into the revival of the Manchester United star.
Shaw was signed from Southampton in 2014 and was tipped to become one of the world’s best full-backs.
His progress stalled after a double left fracture in a Champions League match against PSV in 2015 but he has returned to his best form under Solskjaer this season.
Shaw, 25, expertly handled the threat of Mohamed Salah in a 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend and he has been heavily praised for his efforts this season.
Solskjaer believes his left-back’s ‘immense quality’ and determination to get better have been the key ingredients to his success, while added competition from Brandon Williams and Alex Telles have helped ‘push’ him to further heights.
Luke has immense quality,‘ Solskjaer’s told United’s official website. ‘
He has a very good technique, good quality.
You see against Liverpool, he takes the ball and drives forward, that is something that I have pushed him more to do because we know he can do it.
‘It is generally down to the boy himself, mentally he is very good at the moment, he has become a dad.
He is physically very good, his fitness is so much better and he keeps beating his high-intensity stats and his total distance stats. He has been consistently up there with what a full-back should be doing.
‘When you have the talent of Luke, when that fitness and the mental bit is sorted then you are always going to get good performances.‘
Asked if Shaw’s confidence needed lifting upon his arrival at the club, Solskjaer added: ‘
It is about seeing everyone as individuals and human beings.
I did spend a lot of time talking to the individuals and Luke as well. He is a boy I enjoy talking to and I enjoy trying to help him, he wants to be better.
‘It was about getting him enjoying his football, we know his talent, trusting his fitness injury-wise, having players who can back him up so he knows he is not going to play every single game, so he can play fully fit.
I think both Brandon [Williams] and Alex coming in has given him a little bit of a push to tell me anyway that I’ve got good options.‘
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