April 21, 2021

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Rio Ferdinand compares Luke Shaw to former Manchester United teammate

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Rio Ferdinand has drawn parallels between Luke Shaw and former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra.

Evra was one of the best left-sided full-backs in the country during his eight-year career at Old Trafford – where he won 10 major honours in a United shirt.

The Frenchman was brilliant going forward as well as being a consistent performer in defensive areas – something we’ve seen a lot from Shaw this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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.


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Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE podcast, United legend Ferdinand was full of praise for Shaw, who he compared to his former team-mate Evra.

“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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Henderson and McTominay celebrate at full-time

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.”

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