Man United lost 2-0 against Newcastle in a very underwhelming performance and a lot of players were criticised a lot after the match.
One of the players that came under heavy criticism is Luke Shaw as the Englishman has struggled recently despite performing quite well just after the World Cup.
We sat down to have a talk with the former Man United defender, Paul Parker, who really knows how to play the fullback, to have a talk about Luke Shaw´s recent performances.
Petulant Luke Shaw can’t be trusted
Parker leaves a scratching attack on Luke Shaw as he calls the English left fullback petulant and says that he can’t be trusted in certain situations.
“When Man United are struggling and the results have not gone their way, Shaw has reacted by being petulant and his performances have been very disappointing.”
“We are talking about a player who is England’s left fullback so you would expect mature performances and a mature behaviour but you´re not getting that from him.”
“When I’m watching him I get this playground feeling.. He feels like he is the best player on the team and if it’s not going his way he wants to pick up the ball and go home. That’s the way he is and he ends up kicking people.”
“Against Liverpool he tried to get a red card in the last 15 minutes. He wanted to get sent off and I got the same feeling against Newcastle.”
“If we were going to judge him right now we would ask ourselves the question, what is he doing as England’s left fullback? Because you can’t trust him when things aren’t going his way.”
You would expect more from a player like Shaw
Shaw is a very experienced player and the fullback has played on top level for a lot of years, which is why you would expect more from him according to Parker.
“Shaw has played a lot of games in the Premier League and a lot of games for his country. Way more games than I did, so you would expect more from him but he is not a leader. It is a huge weakness in his game.”
“For me it seems like he wants to put his team in jeopardy by the way he conducts himself. You should want to die for Man United and it makes me think that he is not a player that should play for Man United, when he is not acting like that.”
Malacia deserves the opportunity to play
With Shaw´s bad performances, Tyrell Malacia has earned the right to play at the left fullback according to Parker, who says that he need the opportunity to play now.
“Malacia does need games now. He does need the opportunity to get himself going at the end of the season. He has performed decently in the first season so he deserves to get a run.”
“Erik ten Hag might take Shaw out of the team to give Malacia a chance but he could also play Shaw as a centre half because he seems more comfortable and calm there.”
“The only problem is that you can´t put Martinez on the bench because he is the only one who is performing week in and day out for this Man United team.”