Rio Ferdinand has drawn parallels between Luke Shaw and former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra.
The left-back – who will be hoping his form will earn him a call-up to England’s European Championship squad in the summer – continues to impress for United and scored the second goal in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday.
“I think Luke Shaw is very similar. Between the boxes, Patrice was the best left-back of our generation,” the ex-United centre-back explained.
“He could drive up the pitch on his own with the ball, I’ve not seen anything like it in between the boxes.
“But in their box, did he pick out people as much as Ashley Cole maybe, or Leighton Baines? No. And was he as good defensively as Ashley Cole? I’d say maybe not.
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Manchester United secured a memorable 2-0 derby victory over Man City at the Etihad Stadium.
Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw scored the goals to clinch an unexpected, but empathic, victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops against the league leaders.
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“By the way, in both boxes, aerially, he was brilliant. Patrice was a brilliant player. I see a little bit of that in Shaw – between the boxes, he’s unreal.
“I think in seasons gone by, you could throw at him in terms of his application, he looked a little bit off the pace, a little bit lazy at times.
“We have to look at where he’s come from mentally by the way, this is a kid who looked like he was on the scrap heap of Manchester United.
“Mourinho discarded him, the kid was a broken man, he’s come back from the depths to being one of the most important players at Man United, so you have to commend him for that.”