The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern were pleased with their sides accomplished performance yesterday evening.
Manchester United qualified from group A last night as group winners after a 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow, who bowed out of the competition following their defeat. Although qualification was not secured prior to kick-off, United were able to relax somewhat ahead of the Manchester derby as it would have taken a miraculous 7 goal defeat to CSKA Moscow to dump them out of the competition.
Despite the fact United’s qualification was all but secured prior to kick-off, Jose Mourinho still opted to select a side close to full strength.
However, there was one notable inclusion in Mourinho’s starting line-up, namely Luke Shaw, who seized a rare opportunity to impress in only his first start of the season.
Before last night, Shaw had played just 47 minutes of competitive first-team football all season in two League Cup cameo appearances.
After such a lengthy exile, Shaw could have been forgiven for showing signs of rustiness, but the English defender who was once tipped to be one of the world’s greatest marauding full-backs looked sharp throughout.
And his comeback performance earned him the man of the match award last night.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 5, 2017
His contribution on the night was duly noted by the United supporters on Twitter who were eager to praise Shaw for his impressive return.
However, some of the supporters were critical for his defensive mistakes and held him accountable for CSKA’s opener.
Either way, the supporters will be dearly hoping that last night’s fixture represented the beginning of the resurrection of Luke Shaw’s stuttering career.
Here’s what the fans had to say on Twitter…
Just got all the votes based on sentiments….
Should have been Pogba
Luke shaw hasn't played for about 5 years and he's still 5 times the player darmian is give the lad a run of games 4-5 games and watch him shine the only thing that could stop him is injuries he's a top player so much pace
— Trafford 7 legend
I thought he was finished but he's proved me wrong
— Bilal (@Pro4TLZZ) December 5, 2017
Luke Shaw has done more in this game than Darmian has done for his whole Man Utd career
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) December 5, 2017
The real Luke Shaw has turned up tonight. And damn it's been a long time since we've seen him.
— Hayles (@Hayles_101) December 5, 2017
A great comeback in my opinion. Seemed focussed. And…..he's only 22!
— Mark Peard (@map2182) December 5, 2017
Luke Shaw in that half wow. Possibly his best 45 mins in a United shirt, he was incredible. Overlapping runs, perfectly time tackled and even getting in the box. Biggest positive so far. #mufc
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) December 5, 2017
Should get us 70 million in January
— Abe the Babe (@kingabe87) December 6, 2017
Let his man run. All those runs are useless if you dont defend well
— umang (@umangred4lyf) December 5, 2017
Shaw is way better than rose when both are at their best thats the most annoying thing.
— ali barre (@abwavey7) December 5, 2017
He’s just desperate not to end up on loan to newcastle
— Sam Duffy (@SamDuffy5) December 5, 2017
He was good going forward, but defensivly very bad, that goal is on him.
— Lukaku's chant (@24inchp) December 5, 2017
If THIS Luke Shaw played every week Danny Rose wouldn’t even be in the picture.
— The Invisible Man (@jonmikesav8) December 5, 2017
Tonight will be remembered as the night Luke Shaw revived his United career. pic.twitter.com/nJ9MIsXv7Z
— J.A.O (@JuanAnderOnly) December 5, 2017