Luke Shaw was full of pride after he scored the first goal of his professional career on Friday night, as Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-1 at Old Trafford. The former Southampton left back, who fired home United’s second as they got their Premier League campaign off to a win has endured a tough time at the club as he enters his fifth season; Shaw has frequently been the target of criticism due to perceived attitude problems and application, but has hopefully turned a corner after starting the season in the starting XI under Jose Mourinho’s management.
And Shaw has praised Paul Pogba for his role at the club, after the Frenchman captained the side on Friday night:
“Paul doesn’t need a break. Honestly, he’s a beast! He’s unbelievable,” said Shaw to MUTV. “He only came back three or four days before the game and it just shows how important he is for the team. He was captain and is a very, very big leader in the dressing room, as you’ll have seen that in the videos from France [at the World Cup], of course.
“For me, he’s helped me a lot – we’ve spoken a bit. He’s a wonderful guy and an even better player on the pitch. Honestly, he’s so important for us. Like I said, he’s only been here for three or four days and to put in a performance like that was unbelievable.
“It’s nice to have him in the team and around the place – he cheers everyone up and gives good vibes. For me, he’s one of the most important players, probably in the Premier League – he’s got everything. I’m glad to be able to play with him and I hope we can share some good memories together this season.”
Shaw will be hoping to carry on this recent form on Sunday, as United travel to the South coast to face Brighton and Hove Albion.