The Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw is has been a revelation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure at Old Trafford, producing the form that has convinced the club to sign him for in 2014.
Former Manchester United coach, Lois Van Gaal was never convinced of the level of professionalism portrayed by Shaw, before he suffered a serious leg injury early in his second season at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho then took over from the Dutchman before the defender returned.
Mourinho regularly criticized the full-back. Shaw has compared the kind of leadership by his former managers and feels satisfied by Solskjaer’s approach which is having a much greater impact.
While speaking to Sky Sports, Shaw said concerning Ole Gunnar:
“His man-management is second to none. The way he conducts himself in terms of how he speaks to the players, it gets the best out of them,
“You can see that. He deals with situations perfectly in terms of what is needed, especially at a big club like Manchester United.”
“For me, especially, from what I had before Ole came in, it is a total difference. It has pushed me to a new level.”
Luke Shaw was quick to point out how Ole Gunnar’s willingness to take full responsibility for the performances and results of the team help lift the pressure off the team which he says is almost unfair at his own expense.
Shaw has full of credit for his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for helping him rediscover his confidence again. He said:
“I don’t want to come across like I was a little kid who could not deal with being put under pressure because at a big club like Manchester United you are always going to be under pressure and under the spotlight. That makes you mentally stronger,”
“But I had no confidence at that time. I was losing my belief. I think that is what changed with Ole. He managed me right and I got my confidence back and I am really enjoying it at the moment.
“Enjoyment and confidence. For me, they are the two biggest things you need on the pitch. You need that belief in your ability to perform at the highest level. I feel I have that now.”