Gary Neville chooses Luke Shaw as Manchester United’s best left-back

by Ben Topliss

Gary Neville firmly believes Luke Shaw is Manchester United’s best left-back but knows Louis van Gaal has options in the position should he wish to change things around.

Shaw joined Man United for £27m from Southampton last summer but his time at Old Trafford has been punctuated by injury.

When he has got on the pitch, the 19-year-old has impressed and he is expected to play a big role in United’s future at left-back.

Neville feels Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo can also play down United’s left flank but that Shaw is the best option of the three.

“I think long-term it has to be Shaw. Blind, I don’t think is a left-back- even though he can play there,” Neville said.

“I think against real pace he would struggle.

“Rojo, I think with mobility [would struggle], though I think he’s capable of playing at left-back. Shaw definitely, I would say is the best left-back of those three.

“But in certain games, when you play against more direct opposition, you may throw in Rojo. If you think about Patrice Evra, he didn’t always play at Stoke away, John O’Shea would come in at left-back. And towards the end I played at Stoke away instead of Rafael, because of height.”

Neville knows a thing or two about playing wing-back for United having played 602 times there for the club and Shaw has a long way to go to match his career. The Englishman did lose Ki Sung-yueng for Swansea City’s equaliser as Garry Monk’s side ran out 2-1 winners last weekend but fans have to remember that Shaw is young and inexperienced. He is much better than other players at his age and will more than likely develop into a great player as United look to get back into the Champions League.

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