Manchester United bounced back from a humiliating defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford by beating Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United on Saturday.
After an awful start to the season, the Red Devils needed to hit the ground running against Newcastle at St James’ Park. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side scored three late goals to wash away the taste of the heavy defeat inflicted by Tottenham before the international break.
United had lost two out of their three opening games and their hopes of halting that poor run suffered a blow when Luke Shaw inadvertently directed a cross from Emil Krafth into the back of his own net. Harry Maguire cancelled out the own goal to spare Solskjaer’s blushes before late strikes from Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka sealed a 4-1 win.
It’s fair to say that Shaw had a shoddy start and he didn’t get much better as the game dragged on. Although he was a little unfortunate with the own goal, that doesn’t excuse the fact that it was, overall, a pretty poor performance from the former Southampton man.
Per SofaScore, the left-back lost possession of the ball 19 times, only won three out of seven ground duels, and failed to complete a single dribble attempt or provide a successful cross.
The Mirror gave the England international a 6/10 ating and claimed he had a “horror moment two minutes in when his attempt at a block flew in for OG” whilst The Manchester Evening News were even harsher, insisting “he still had to be told when to get forward by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
Despite his disappointing display, Shaw still played the entirety of the game, while Alex Telles watched from the bench.
Shaw should be looking nervously over his shoulder with the summer arrival waiting in the wings as he let Solskjaer down massively in the defeat to Spurs and didn’t do himself any favours whatsoever once again against the Magpies.
Shaw’s 4th start of the 2020/21 Premier League season could well be his last for quite some time with United set to face Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in the group stages of the Champions League on Tuesday before they welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford next weekend.