Daley Blind’s excellent form at left-back poses a problem for Luke Shaw

by Richard Laverty

When Luke Shaw was left on the bench against Aston Villa on Saturday, despite being named as available by Louis van Gaal, it confirmed the world’s most expensive teenager appears to have lost his place in the Manchester United team.

Shaw has been in and out of the starting line-up all season and has started just one game in the last six weeks, the one game United lost, against Arsenal in the FA Cup in March.

A combination of injury troubles at Old Trafford plus the form of Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera has seen Dutchman Daley Blind fill in at left-back, to good effect.

Initially supporters had reservations after Blind struggled in the defeat to Arsenal, but a competent display against Tottenham ensured he kept his place their for the big trip to Anfield.

Blind was in top form against Aston Villa on Saturday and supporters appeared to be in agreement that he should remain at left-back for the foreseeable future.

But with Shaw surely the long-term first choice at left-back, it does pose the question about what happens to Blind next season. At times he appears almost one of the first names on the team sheet under Van Gaal, but United’s increasing strength in depth could see him relegated to the bench on a more permanent basis.

Until then, 19-year-old Shaw needs to overcome his injury issues and vastly improve on the 13 appearances he currently has for United in the Premier League.

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