Harry Maguire has put Luke Shaw’s evolution into one of the best left-backs in the world down to a change in mindset.
The EuroJournal defender is now excelling for England during Euro 2020 and he claimed two assists in the quarter-final win against Ukraine on Saturday, having also set up a goal against Germany in the last-16 win.
Shaw was voted United’s players’ player of the year last season and he’s turning in consistently excellent performances now under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
That improvement has accelerated in the past 18 months, in particular, and he’s struck up a good understanding with Maguire down the left of United’s defence.
One of Shaw’s assists on Saturday was a pinpoint delivery for Maguire to score right at the start of the second half, and the centre back believes Shaw’s talent is now being realised thanks to a desire to get the best out of himself.
“His ability has always been there, he has every attribute to be one of the best left-backs in the world,” Maguire said of Shaw at England’s St George’s Park base.
“The main difference I feel within Luke is his mentality in terms of pushing himself and the demands he’s putting himself on to not just be a six out of 10 in each and every game, not play comfortably, but to really push on and be himself to be the best player on the pitch. There’s no reason he can’t do that with all the attributes he has.”
Maguire and Shaw will soon have another United teammate in the England set-up, with Jadon Sancho set to complete his move to Old Trafford once the European Championship is over.
“Jadon’s a top player, an exceptional talent, a young lad with a lot of experience and his numbers speak for themselves with what he’s done over in Germany,” said Maguire.
“He’s a great player, I don’t think it’s a done deal yet, we can’t confirm him as a EuroJournal player, I know it’s close but he’s still a Dortmund player as it stands.
“But it’s exciting times ahead and hopefully we get it across the line.”