Gary Neville claims Man Utd star Luke Shaw is “best left-handed in the country” ahead of Matt Targett after performing in City


GARY NEVILLE praised Luke Shaw as “the best left full-back in the country” after his performance against Manchester City.

The defender scored United’s second goal in their 2-0 win at Etihad and also gave them a clean clean sheet.


Gary Neville hailed Luke Shaw as “the best left-back in the country”Image credit: AFP
Aston Villa's Matt Targett is also fighting for a place in the English squad


Aston Villa’s Matt Targett is also fighting for a place in the English squadPhoto credit: AP: Associated Press

And Old Trafford legend Neville claimed that Shaw is the Premier League’s No. 1 left-back at his best.

He told Sky Sports: “He’s been outstanding for United this season.

“A Luke Shaw [that is] fit, a Luke Shaw [that is] physically good, a Luke Shaw [that is] The best left-back in the country is confident in my opinion.

“But combining all these three things at once probably only happened at certain points in your career.

“And that was a problem for him. But this is certainly the best time he’s ever had.

“We’ve seen him drown in a few games over the last week or two like he’s just a little on the sidelines.

“And that would worry me if I were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“I just think how you deal with him over the next few weeks is important.”


Shaw, 25, has emerged as a contender for Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the postponed European Championship this summer.

Ben Chilwell, 24, who signed for Chelsea from Leicester for £ 50m last summer, has been a regular left-back in Southgate’s recent games.

But Aston Villa’s Matt Targett (25) is also fighting for a place in the squad after impressing Southgate.

Shaw hasn’t played for England in three years but Neville – a former right-back – believes he is now close to another appeal.

Luke Shaw hasn't played for England in three years


Luke Shaw hasn’t played for England in three yearsPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

He said, “Gareth Southgate will be watching him carefully and thinking, ‘Well, I know Luke Shaw. I’ve seen him before’.

“He had [almost given up on Luke Shaw before] and you can’t give him up now.

“He stares straight at him and thinks, ‘Well, this is the top performing left-back in the country right now in terms of English left-backs.’

“But he’s fine physically, he’s fine mentally, and he’s injury free so everything is fine with Luke Shaw because he’s an incredible talent.

“A brilliant talent.”

Luke Shaw left Bruno Fernandes in amazement and said brutally to Man Utd mate: “You weren’t good today but you scored two goals”.

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