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Manchester United: Shaw shines on England return in Albania

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw carried his club form onto the international stage in England’s 2-0 victory against Albania.

The Red Devils’ left-back, who has starred for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men throughout 2020/21, was selected from the start by Gareth Southgate in Tirana and turned in a hugely impressive performance.

In what was just his ninth appearance for his country and his first since September 2018, Shaw produced three tackles throughout the 90 minutes according to WhoScored. Only Three Lions midfielders Kalvin Phillips and Mason Mount could match those numbers, with no player on the pitch surpassing them.

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The 25-year-old also contributed a further two clearances for the Three Lions.

In all, only Declan Rice managed to surpass Shaw’s five total defensive contributions for the away side. Whilst not the most challenging opposition from a defensive perspective, it was certainly a very solid evening for Shaw.

However, as he has done for the Red Devils this season, the left-back was also hugely threatening when going in the opposite direction, too.

He was a constant outlet for England, having 100 touches of the ball and completing a further 75 passes.

One of those passes was key in the Three Lions sealing victory as his dangerous left-footed cross was perfect for captain Harry Kane to nod home.

In all, it was Shaw’s seventh assist for club and country throughout the season in what is turning into an extremely productive campaign.

As a matter of fact, in teeing up Kane, Shaw managed to notch an assist in a fourth consecutive competitive international for England – an absolutely outstanding rate of productivity for a left-back.

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It is no wonder then that following his recent strike against Manchester City in the Premier League, United boss Solskjaer hailed Shaw as “unstoppable”.

So, having most certainly taken his form onto the international stage, the left-back will hope to continue that back with his club once the international break draws to a close.

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