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Lightweight: Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw badly let Solskjaer down vs Leeds

Manchester United moved one step closer to the top of the Premier League table after thrashing newly-promoted Leeds United at Old Trafford.

Scott McTominay opened the scoring from long-range and the hosts doubled their advantage inside three minutes after Anthony Martial picked out the midfielder, who scored his second goal of the game with a lovely left-footed finish.

Bruno Fernandes added the third and Victor Lindelof made it four from close range before Liam Cooper pulled one back shortly before the stroke of half-time.

But Daniel James nutmegged helpless Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier before Fernandes scored from the penalty spot yet again to complete a comprehensive victory, though there was still time for Stuart Dallas to score a sensational screamer from 20 yards out.

Was Luke Shaw poor vs Leeds United?





It always looked like it would be a long night for Leeds but they still had their moments as Luke Shaw struggled to deal with Dallas and Raphinha on the left wing.

Shaw, who earns £150k-a-week at Old Trafford came into the starting line-up at the expense of new summer recruit Alex Telles, who had to settle for a place on the bench.

It’s hard to pick many holes in Solskjaer’s side, but if there’s one area he urgently needs to improve before the EFL Cup clash with Everton, it’s the left-hand side of the back four.

SofaScore graded the 25-year-old as one of the worst United players on the pitch with a low 6.8 rating – second only to David de Gea who he had fewer touches than. Shaw also lost possession 13 times, failed to block a single shot or record a single interception, while he made one error leading to a shot and conceded one foul.

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The Manchester Evening News gave Shaw a 6/10 and claimed he looked ‘lackadaisical at times and lightning at others’, which rather sums up his inconsistent performance.

Not only did he look lightweight, but he was also largely anonymous as well with even his teammate and club captain Harry Maguire taking more touches of the ball.

It’s no surprise he was pulled on the 60th minute and he ought be wary with Telles breathing down his neck and Brandon Williams chomping at the bit, so his place in the starting line-up is by no means guaranteed.

With the Toffees and Leicester on the horizon, Shaw’s 13th start of the season could be his last for some time after that showing, as Solskjaer will surely have to consider other options.

AND in other news, Ed Woodward must look to cash in on Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard in January

Article title: Lightweight: Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw badly let Solskjaer down vs Leeds

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