Gary Neville claims Man Utd star Luke Shaw is 'best left back in country' ahead of Matt Targett after City performance

GARY NEVILLE hailed Luke Shaw as the 'best left back in country' after his performance against Manchester City.

The defender scored United's second goal in their 2-0 win at the Etihad, also helping them to a clean sheet.

And Old Trafford legend Neville claimed that at his best Shaw is the Premier League's No1 left-back.

He told Sky Sports: "He's been outstanding this season for United.

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

"But all those three things being combined at once has probably only happened at certain points in his career.

"And that's been a problem for him. But certainly this is the best period he has had. 

"We've seen him in the last week or two go down in a couple of games like he's just on the edge a little bit.

"And that would worry me if I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

"I just think how they handle him in the next few weeks is important."


Shaw, 25, has emerged as a contender for Gareth Southgate's England squad for the delayed European championships this summer.

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

But Aston Villa's Matt Targett, 25, is also competing for a space in the squad after impressing Southgate.

Shaw has not played for England in three years, but Neville – a former right-back – believes he is now on the verge of another call up.

He said: "Gareth Southgate will be watching him intently, 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 up on him now.

"He's staring right at him and he's thinking, 'Well that is the best-performing left back in the country at the moment in terms of English left backs'. 

"But he's physically right, he's mentally right and he's clear of injury so everything's right for Luke Shaw because he's an amazing talent.

"A brilliant talent."

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