Luke Shaw has hailed his winning goal against Leicester City tonight as the best moment of his entire career, as United won the opening game of the new season.
The England defender scored the Red Devils’ second goal deep into the second half, latching onto a superb ball from Juan Mata and improvising to knock the ball past his man before volleying a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel into the Leicester net.
It was a brilliant strike which marked a superb return to action for the 23-year-old, who had endured a difficult season last year due to injuries and falling out of favour with club boss Jose Mourinho.
Shaw clearly has a point to prove in United’s latest Premier League campaign and his performance tonight should go some way to nailing down that left-back spot in the starting XI ahead of Ashley Young.
United Xtra on Twitter reports that following the game, he couldn’t hide his happiness after the 2-1 win and expressed his delight having scored the winner, speaking to reporters: “For me, for my career so far, it’s probably the best feeling I’ve had. Honestly the best feeling was today.”
Shaw: “For me, for my career so far, it’s probably the best feeling i’ve had. Honestly the best feeling was today.” #mufc [Sky]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) August 10, 2018
United led at Old Trafford from the 3rd minute, after Paul Pogba dispatched from the penalty spot and coasted from then on largely untroubled at the back, although they did suffer a monetary lapse in the dying seconds, allowing Jamie Vardy to steal in and score a late consolation.
Overall though, Mourinho and the supporters should be pleased with the night’s work and will already be looking forward to their next league game against Brighton.
Fans will also be delighted to see this progress from Shaw, who has had a tough time at United so far, but who seems happier than ever based on these extremely enthusiastic post-match comments.
Given that he’s played for England at a World Cup and won trophies with United, for tonight to be the best feeling of his career is quite a statement from the defender.