Gary Neville claims Man Utd star Luke Shaw is ‘the best left-back in the country’ ahead of Matt Targett after City’s performance
GARY NEVILLE hailed Luke Shaw as the “best left-back in the country” after his performance against Manchester City.
The defender scored United’s second goal in their 2-0 victory at the Etihad, also helping them turn around.
And Old Trafford legend Neville has claimed that at his best, Shaw is the Premier League’s No.1 left-back.
He said Air sports: “He’s been exceptional this season for United.
“A Luke Shaw [that is] fit, a Luke Shaw [that is] physically good, a Luke Shaw [that is] confident is the best left-back in the country, in my opinion.
“But those three things combined probably only happened at certain points in his career.
“And that’s been a problem for him. But it’s definitely the best time he’s had.
“We’ve seen him over the last week or two drop in a few games like he’s just a little bit on the edge.
“And I would be worried if I were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I just think how they treat him in the next few weeks is important.”
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Shaw, 25, has become a contender for Gareth Southgate’s England team for the delayed European Championships this summer.
Ben Chilwell, 24, who signed for Chelsea for £ 50million from Leicester last summer, has been Southgate’s regular left-back in recent games.
But Aston Villa’s Matt Targett, 25, is also competing for a place in the squad after impressing Southgate.
Shaw hasn’t played for England for three years, but Neville – a former right-back – believes he’s on the verge of being called up again now.
He said: “Gareth Southgate will watch him closely, thinking, ‘Well, I know Luke Shaw. I have already seen it “.
“He had [almost given up on Luke Shaw before] and you can’t give it up now.
“He looks him straight in the eye and he’s like, ‘Well, he’s the best performing left-back in the country right now in terms of England left-back.’
“But he’s right physically, he’s right mentally and he doesn’t have an injury, so everything is going well for Luke Shaw because he’s an incredible talent.
“A brilliant talent.”