Manchester United emerged 1-0 winners against West Ham in their Premier League outing at Old Trafford last night. A Craig Dawson own goal was enough to secure the points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on the night, as the Red Devils held on until the final whistle despite an organized press from the Hammers troubling them throughout the game.
United were calm, composed, and dug their nails in for the three points to strengthen their top-four credentials – and while the entire starting team garnered rich praise on social media, it was left-back Luke Shaw who stood out particularly for a passage of play that earned attention from Manchester United fans after the match was over.
It was as late as the 87th minute of the game when United were trying to play out from the back resisting late pressure from David Moyes’ men, and it was Luke Shaw who received the ball in a tight position on the left flank while he was being pressed by a couple of West Ham players.
Instead of panicking under pressure and eventually giving the ball away in a vital period of the game, the English fullback showed some immense composure to take the ball past both players and beating the press – ensuring that United could get the ball down the field and try to increase their advantage and secure the points.
The passage of play garnered a lot of praise on social media platforms for Luke Shaw, who has made a reputation for himself for being one of the dependable regulars for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. Despite the club signing some very able competition for him in Alex Telles in the summer, Shaw has stepped his game up by a notch to cement the starting left-back position for Man United.
Check out the reactions to Luke Shaw’s skill move below –
Makes it look so simple, what a player! https://t.co/On9EPNza9K— Arnav Arora (@Arnavaroraaa) March 15, 2021
I’ve seen players do this when they are 4-0 up but at 1-0— Unofficialpund1 (@unofficialpund1) March 15, 2021
Actually Jim Beglin was so disappointed, he just said wow he wriggled out of that. https://t.co/RYUPVde3d3— krishnan (@krishg1990) March 15, 2021
Never have I been more wrong about a player https://t.co/ZT3KfinkIv— Jack (@JackBrownnn_) March 15, 2021
lord father who art in heaven. forgive me for i have sinned. i remarked on luke third of his name of house shaw in a way that was dreadfully unfair. i see clearly now he is the greatest left back in the world that is football. strike me down if i misspoke. amen. https://t.co/GeCpmn5ydN— S
(@Sjg2324) March 15, 2021
The best press resistant player we have! https://t.co/OM8WUNmfIZ— KK (@TheManUtdDNA) March 15, 2021
I remember being so impressed when I saw it happen ngl, Shaw is seriously on another level this season and I’m loving it— Sam (@sammufc09) March 15, 2021
He looks like a completely different player compared to a year ago. That looks effortless. https://t.co/eu9bTByMGP— Guy Incognito (@CaptainAssyria) March 15, 2021