Luke Shaw has jokingly dismissed references to his ‘Shawberto Carlos’ nickname which has been doing the rounds of social media in response to his impressive performances for Manchester United this season.
The 25-year-old has undoubtedly been one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s star men this season at left back and he was voted the club’s Player of the Month in both February and March.
He also earned a recall to Gareth Southgate‘s England squad and as a result of his marauding style down the left wing, fans have compared him to former Brazil and Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos – but Shaw himself believes such comparisons are laughable.
Luke Shaw has laughed off comparisons to Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos
‘I’ve seen some things on it on social media and sometimes in my group chats my mates send me some stuff and I just laugh about it,’ said Shaw, in a club Q&A.
‘I can’t be compared to him, he was unbelievable! I’m aware of it and it’s nice to be even mentioned alongside his name, but I just laugh about it.’
Shaw himself revealed that the player he most admires in his position is ex-England, Arsenal and Chelsea left back Ashley Cole, who lost his place in the 2014 World Cup squad to Shaw.
The ex-Southampton man also divulged what he believes his career would have been if he were not a footballer.
‘If I wasn’t playing soccer I think I’d probably like to be a police officer,’ he revealed.
Some fans on social media have referred to Shaw with the ‘Shawberto Carlos’ nickname
The 25-year-old left back insisted the player he most admires in his position is Ashley Cole
‘It’s a random one but I watch a lot of series and stuff to do with the police and CIA and MI6 and I’m quite into stuff like that.
‘And I think if I wasn’t a footballer I think I’d want to do something based around what they do. So I’d say a police officer.’
Shaw has made 39 appearances for United in all competitions this season, scoring his solitary goal in the Manchester derby victory against runaway Premier League leaders City last month.
Shaw has made 39 appearances for Utd this season and scored in the Manchester derby win