Man United legend Clayton Blackmore runs the rule over Luke Shaw

Clayton Blackmore urges Manchester United fans to be patient with Luke Shaw

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Luke Shaw may have endured an injury-hit start to his Manchester United career, but Red Devils legend Clayton Blackmore believes the left-back is starting to turn a corner.

Louis van Gaal criticised Shaw’s fitness in pre-season before the England international suffered an ankle ligament injury against Arsenal in November, which prevented the defender from nailing down a regular starting spot.

He’s got a lot to live up to, but he’s getting there I think

Clayton Blackmore

Shaw was signed in a £27m deal from Southampton last summer after he was earmarked as Patrice Evra’s long-term successor following the left-back’s move to Serie A champions Juventus in July.

Speaking to exclusively to The Sport Review, former United defender Blackmore urged Red Devils supporters to be patient with the promising full-back, especially after his injury nightmare.

“He’s been unlucky with a couple of injuries. When he’s played, he’s done OK,” Blackmore told The Sport Review.

“He is filling Patrice Evra’s boots and he’d been fantastic for the club, so he’s got a lot to live up to, but he’s getting there I think.”

Blackmore continued: “That’s the problem with picking up injuries all the time. People think you’re fine as soon as you’re back, but you probably play with scar tissue and you carry a little bit of pain, but you can run it off a bit.

“He’s only 19, so people have to remember he’s one of the youngest at the back.”

The former Wales international, who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s first Premier League-winning squad in 1993, was a versatile player in his prime, regularly switching between defensive and midfield roles.

Dutch star Daley Blind is being used in a similar capacity by Van Gaal following his £16m switch from Ajax in August, and Blackmore has been impressed with the 24-year-old’s consistency.

Blackmore added: “Blind’s been one of our best players. He’s very neat, tidy, works hard and he’s like a holding midfielder for us at the moment.

“He’s played at the back, the other week when we were playing Cambridge he played left wing and put some great balls in and we should’ve scored a couple of goals off them.

“His all round game has been very good and I’m happy with him. He’s been a great acquisition for the club.”

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