‘Better player than Luke Shaw’ – Charlie Nicholas surprised United had not made left-back move
Manchester United should have made an approach for Kieran Tierney, according to Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas.
Nicholas made the claim before Tierney sealed a switch from Celtic to the Emirates Stadium for £25m in the final moments of the transfer window.
The former Celtic and Arsenal player seemed to suggest that Tierney would have been more of a benefit to the United squad, saying that another left-back was not a priority for the Gunners.
And Nicholas felt that the 22-year-old Scot would be an upgrade on United’s current options in that area – arguing that Tierney is a better player than Luke Shaw.
Prior to Tierney’s arrival in North London, he told The Daily Express (via Metro): “Kieran Tierney should be asking himself if this is the right time to join Arsenal. I just don’t see how a left-back is a priority for my old club.
“Tierney will need time to settle and adjust himself but it remains to be seen who he would have around him. My disappointment for Tierney is that Arsenal are the only big Premier League club that has shown an interest.
“I’m surprised Manchester United haven’t come in, because he is a better player than Luke Shaw.”
The contrasting levels of success enjoyed by Tierney and Shaw last season potentially skews the value of their recent performances – though they do suggest that Tierney was part of a far more functional defence last term at Celtic, who secured another Scottish treble.
Tierney conceded just 0.41 goals per game (according to FootyStats) in 2018/19 as Celtic finished nine points clear of closest rivals Rangers in the league, while Shaw conceded over three times as many with 1.25 per game.
But perhaps the Premier League will prove to be a different beast – and despite the stats suggesting Tierney’s superiority, comparing the two on like-for-like terms should give a better idea as to whether Nicholas’ theory is as accurate as it seems.
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