Bruno Fernandes bagged a brace as Manchester United came from behind to beat Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and alleviate the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the same time.
Everton started strongly after Bernard scored on his first Premier League start of the season. However, the Red Devils returned fire with two strikes from Fernandes in quick succession, before Edinson Cavani capped off in the end what was a comfortable victory with his first United goal in injury time.
Solskjaer’s side are now thirteenth in the top flight after an inconsistent start to the season, whilst the Toffees suffered their third successive defeat in a row.
The Portuguese international will make most of the headlines but there is one player in particular who’s performance must not go unnoticed – Luke Shaw. Anyone familiar with this website will know we’ve often been critical of the 25-year-old in the past. But we’ll hold our hands up and freely admit he was nothing short of impressive against Everton at Goodison Park.
Per SofaScore, Shaw received a high statistical rating of 7.5 for his dominant display – he made one tackle, one interception, two clearances and blocked one shot, whilst he completed 40 out of 49 passes at a pass success percentage of 82%, won two out of four aerial duels, produced one key pass and created one big chance as well.
A look at his heatmap reveals he was causing Carlo Ancelotti’s side all sorts of problems on the left flank, with a hotspot of activity bombing up and down the wing.
It’s a real shame he was forced off hurt in the second half with his injury being one of the few stains on a strong team performance overall.
Sky Sports gave him a grade of 8/10, whilst The Manchester Evening News awarded him with the same score, claiming he was “adventurous against the ageing Seamus Coleman and claimed a second assist of the week by crossing for Bruno Fernandes.
United legend Rio Ferdinand recently insisted that Shaw is “proving people wrong.” If these stats are anything to go by, he looked like he was playing with a point to prove at the weekend after the arrival of Alex Telles in the summer, who is not without his own flaws.
Solskjaer will be hoping Shaw can make a quick recovery before the Red Devils welcome West Brom to Old Trafford in over a fortnight’s time. One thing’s for sure, he must keep faith in the former Southampton man in order to keep his job, it really is that simple.
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