Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What We Learned Analysis

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What We Learned Analysis

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¦ LUKE SHAW HAS TO PLAY MORE OFTEN UNITED provided a stark reminder of how unfulfilled Luke Shaw's three-and-a-half years at the club have been before kick-off.

This was Shaw's 50th United appearance, a figure Marcus Rashford trumped last season alone, and Shaw was playing in his first Champions League match since he broke his leg in Eindhoven over two years ago.

WHAT Samuel Newcastle have shown interest in Shaw and he played like someone who had no interest in swapping the north west for the north east. On this form, he is United's best left-back and the freedom of the wing-back role suited the 22-year-old as he provided a natural width United have seldom exhibited this term.

ANALYSIS WE ¦ LUKAKU OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT WHAT made it such a pity for United that Rashford struck the post inside the opening 10 minutes was how the move was engineered by Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian caressed the ball as if he had undergone first-touch tutoring from Juan Mata and his pass through to Rashford was perfectly weighted. …

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