Shaw’s love for ‘vital’ clean sheets

Wednesday 04 January 2023 09:00

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has underlined the importance of clean sheets to the Reds, after a fourth in a row, against Bournemouth.

United triumphed 3-0 against the Cherries in the Premier League on Tuesday evening, registering a fourth successive shutout – and win – since the World Cup. 

The victory over Bournemouth follows successes against Wolves (1-0), Nottingham Forest (3-0) and Burnley (2-0), with momentum continuing to build for Erik ten Hag’s side. 

After our latest outing, Luke spoke about the importance of another clean sheet and highlighted the contribution of goalkeeper David De Gea on the night he made his 510th appearance for the club.
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"I think [clean sheets are] vital,” he said, speaking to club media. “We always want to focus on keeping clean sheets because we always believe that if we keep a clean sheet, we win the game with the players we've got.

“But, of course, at times we were very sloppy, and we can't do that but David was amazing today with some really important saves. I think he really earned that clean sheet tonight."

As well as helping towards the defensive effort, Shaw was also among the goals for just the fourth time in his United career.

It was his over-the-top pass that also played a key part in Marcus Rashford’s clinching effort towards the end of the game and, just like at Wolves on Saturday, Luke spoke warmly about his compatriot’s recent influence for the Reds.

"I think he's in a really good place,” Luke reiterated about Marcus, who has now netted in every one of United’s games since the mid-season hiatus. “[He’s] extremely confident [and] looking sharp.

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“He kind of now smells the areas to be to score goals and I think you see that tonight with the goal, he's in the right place at the right time and is on the scoresheet more and more.

“He's adding that to his game now and he's going the way of a world-class player. Hopefully he can keep it up."