Luke Shaw’s Underrated Influence In Man Utd’s Winner Against Brighton

Manchester United's Luke Shaw celebrates scoring their second goal with Paul Pogba.

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Man Utd snatched a late victory over Brighton on Sunday as they maintain their pressure on league leaders Man City.

After former player Danny Welbeck opened the scoring against them early into the first-half, the Red Devils turned the tie around in the second-half thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. The academy graduates saved their side from conceding an upsetting result and completed an impressive comeback.

Bruno Fernandes showed his worth yet again as he contributed to another goal on the night, but Luke Shaw was the real genius behind the winning goal.

The Englishman was key in the build-up of the goal and orchestrated the attack to perfection. During the build-up, Shaw played an inch perfect pass to Fernandes with great flair. An outside-of-the-foot pass to the Portuguese who was able to take it into his stride with ease.

Without the perfection of that specific pass Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may have not found their second goal.

When it comes to fullbacks, the former Southampton man has always been one of the most technically gifted. Having shaken off the ghosts of his past injury woes, the defender is finally touching his full potential.

There’s no doubt that the left-back is currently one of United’s best players, having already assisted 6 goals this season. Sunday’s game is yet another testament to the fullback’s quality and overall importance to the team.

In a way one could argue the 25-year-old is the antithesis of Aaron Wan-Bissaka who despite being a great player is not exactly the most technically sound. This contrast really puts the England international’s influence over the left flank into perspective.