Bruno Fernandes believes the arrival of Alex Telles in the summer transfer window prompted Luke Shaw’s vast improvement for Manchester United this season.
After years of struggling to realise his potential following his £30million move to United in 2014, Shaw is in the form of his career. The left-back won United’s Player of the Month award for February, a month which saw him notch four assists and two clean-sheets.
“I think Luke deserves it,” Fernandes told club media. “He’s been playing really, really well in the last few months. I think he started a little bit slow like everyone did because at the beginning of the season we didn’t start good.
“I think the competition between Alex [Telles] and Luke has given both of them the chances to be better and to improve. This is really important because you know if you are not performing well you will be out of the team.
“I think Luke started to perform well when he had that pressure from Alex. At the same time, Alex when he plays has played really well because he knows that Luke is on the bench. So the pressure between them is good but the relationship between them is better, I have seen that in the stands.
“Alex is always pushing to help everyone and I remember when I came off against [Real] Sociedad it was Luke in the stands and I saw a lot of times Luke pushing to help Alex.
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Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were frustrated for the third goalless game in succession, dropping more points to allow Man City to streak away at the Premier League’s summit, on a poor day for the forwards.
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“This is what we’re about. You can be fighting for the same place, but you are fighting for the same achievements, you know. This has to be like that in every position in the team, we have to understand that whoever is playing it’s because the manager thinks he’s better for the team in that moment and the most important thing is the team.
“I think everyone is happy for Luke to win this Player of the Month award and I’m happy too because he deserves it and I hope he can continue this form until the end of the season because he knows Alex is there to take his position.
“It’s the same for me, if I don’t perform I know there are some players who will take my position and this is important for everyone to understand. Everyone deserves a chance and when you play you have to perform well and do your best because someone is on the bench because of you.”