Solskjaer says Man Utd star Luke Shaw has 'matured' since becoming a dad and Alex Telles transfer has pushed him

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER reckons Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has 'matured' on and off the pitch since becoming a father.

Shaw and his long-term girlfriend – Anouska Santos – welcomed their first child into the world in November 2019.

The England international's displays on the pitch improved not long after the birth of his son, with his performances getting even better after the turn of the New Year.

And Solskjaer believes fatherhood – as well as competition for a place in the starting XI from summer signing Alex Telles – has pushed the 25-year-old on to new heights.

Solskjaer said of the former Southampton man: "He's been working steadily and really well.

"He got this injury towards the end of last season, he worked really hard to get fit.

"He's got competition in Alex [Telles], Alex has done well. Luke has really taken on that competition.

"He goes forward, he trusts himself.


"He's become a dad – that does a lot to many – and Luke has matured so much I'd say in the last two-and-a-half years and I love to see his development.

"He's now 25 and has become a man, one of the experienced boys in our team and his attitude has been spot on.

"When you have this talent the world is at your feet."

Shaw was at his best in Manchester United's 1-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday night.

And his display against the Hammers drew praise from former Red Devil Gary Neville.

Neville said of the left-back: "He’s on top of his game, Luke Shaw.

“No panic at all if he’s in a bit of trouble. He’s just really relaxed and moves his way out of a tight corner.”

When asked if he thinks Shaw is England's first-choice left-back for Euro 2020, Neville replied: “At the moment, yes.

“I’m always fingers-crossed with Luke Shaw around completing the games and getting to the end of the season.

“But at the moment he’s the best left-back in the country.”

Shaw and his Manchester United team-mates will be back in action on Thursday night, travelling to the San Siro to take on AC Milan in the second leg of their Europa League round-of-16 tie.

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