Luke Shaw challenges Liverpool's James Milner

Shaw named star man in Liverpool draw

Sunday 24 February 2019 18:03

Luke Shaw was named as Manchester United's Man of the Match after his display against Liverpool earned him 60 per cent of the votes.

On a day when United's defenders had to be on top of their game against a powerful Liverpool side, they duly delivered with both Shaw and his back-four colleague Victor Lindelof being nominated for the accolade. The Englishman and the Swede were joined on the Man of the Match shortlist by forward Marcus Rashford, who valiantly played the full 90 minutes despite sustaining an early injury.

Shaw dealt with the threat of Mohamed Salah so well, the Egyptian attacker was eventually substituted by Jurgen Klopp with just over 10 minutes to play.

Shaw: I enjoyed the test against Salah Video

Shaw: I enjoyed the test against Salah

Your Man of the Match, Luke Shaw, has been reflecting on his superb display against Liverpool and Mo Salah...

"I am happy, not just for me but for the whole team," Shaw told MUTV after the game.

"For the way we defended especially as a team. We know how good Liverpool are, with their attacking threat, but I think it was not just about the back five, I thought our whole team was brilliant. I think we played our game plan to perfection and I think we were unlucky not to win today.

"These are the games and the players you want to be playing against to test yourself. You want to keep improving as a player, so it was nice to have that challenge and hopefully there are many more to come in my career."

Shaw also received plaudits from his caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who spoke of the impact the left-back had on the game, specifically when nullifying the threat of one of Liverpool's most creative players.

"When they took Salah off at a time when they still needed a goal, you know how well Shaw has played.  I’ve got to say I was very pleased with [all] the defending."

Sunday's poll victory for Luke can be added to the Player and Goal of the Month awards he received earlier in the campaign. He scooped both prizes in August for his performances in United's defence and his winning strike against Leicester on the opening day of the season, and he was voted Player of the Month again in September.

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