Luke Shaw applauds with Ole and the other players.

Ole will not let the standards slip

Thursday 21 February 2019 11:40

Luke Shaw says Manchester United’s caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keeping everybody on their toes at Old Trafford.

The form has been sensational since the former striker returned to the club and our left-back is excited by the prospect of taking arch-rivals on Liverpool on Sunday in the 14:05 GMT kick-off.

Although Ole’s demeanour and personality suggests he is easy going, the defender insists there is another side to the Scandinavian that is ensuring the standards we have set ourselves do not slip.

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“This is the biggest and best game to be involved in,” Shaw told MUTV. “Of course, we know how well they’ve been doing and how big the rivalry is between the two clubs.

”It’s one that everyone wants to be involved in. It’s always close to your thinking because of how big it is. It’s a really exciting thing to think about.”

The place is buzzing after the win at Chelsea extended the run under Ole to 11 wins, one draw and one defeat in 13 games. The Emirates FA Cup triumph was the perfect response to the Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and confidence remains high with the Norwegian at the helm.

”It’s just amazing to look at the job Ole has done since he came in,” added Shaw. “How much he has turned it around and how much the place is in a positive way now.

”It’s just amazing to look at the job Ole has done since he came in,” added Shaw. "How much he has turned it around and how much the place is in a positive way now.

”You know, Ole does it at the right time [shows another side to him]. He knows how good we can be and, if we’re not up to his standards or the standards of Manchester United, he will certainly let you know.

”We’ve had a few moments like that where we might have been comfortable in a game but got a bit sloppy. He’s the manager and he tells the players what he wants. It’s good and what we need sometimes, a kick up the backside from the manager, if we’re getting too comfortable.

”It keeps everyone on their toes but he’s an amazing guy and a brilliant manager.”
Luke Shaw shadows Dani Alves during the Champions League match against PSG.

Liverpool approach the game on the back of a goalless draw with Bayern Munich at Anfield in midweek and they will welcome influential defender Virgil van Dijk back from suspension as they aim to regain top spot in the Premier League, with Manchester City involved in the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

“We keep saying the same things but we need to keep doing what we’re doing, obviously minus the blip against PSG. We’ll keep focused on working hard and keep enjoying it so the results will keep on coming.”

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