Mon. Nov 30th, 2020

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Man United demanding Giggs and Beckham levels from Shaw and Wan-Bissaka

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw have been told to provide width similar to David Beckham and Ryan Giggs during Manchester United’s glory years.

The majority of elite teams eschew traditional wingers in favour of ‘inverted’ wingers to allow them to cut inside and the width is invariably provided by full-backs.

Wan-Bissaka, 22, and Shaw, 25, have received criticism for their lack of contributions in the final third and neither are expected to be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad next week. Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier and Reece James are ahead of Wan-Bissaka at right-back and Shaw has not played for England since September 2018, with Southgate settled on Ben Chilwell as his first choice.

Beckham and Giggs book-ended United’s greatest midfield, with Roy Keane and Paul Scholes in the centre, in the late 90s and early 2000s, and Solskjaer has cited his two former teammates as examples for Wan-Bissaka and Shaw to follow.

“It’s different demands in different systems,” Solskjaer explained. “We still have the same principles of a Man United full back: you need to be good at defending and good going forward.

“It’s a position we’ve always been very good at and we know we need assists and even goals from them. Both of them have played and developed, I think they’re improving.

“We don’t really have wide, wide wingers like we used to in Giggsy and David Beckham, so we are more and more dependent on full-backs coming and giving us width.”

Wan-Bissaka smashed in his first career goal in the 4-1 win at Newcastle earlier this month and Shaw has managed just two strikes in 149 appearances for United.

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