United Briefing: Denis Irwin says Luke Shaw is best left-back in the league

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“I mean he had a really bad injury and picked up injuries on the back of that, over the following couple of seasons, so it was hard for him to find that bit of rhythm,” added Denis. “I think he needs a rest every now and again. With Brandon last year and Alex this year being able to come in and, first of all, compete with him, then Ole has the luxury, I suppose, of having a couple of really good full-backs available.

“That’s great news with the amount of games we’ve got coming up over the next four months or so. You need a big squad as much as anything, so let’s hope Luke stays fit because he’s a vital part of our team. He offers pace, we know that, and we know he’s a good footballer and our best left-back when everything is going in well.

“He’s in the position, he’s got hold of the full-back position, you can’t say the no.3 shirt any more, and he’s got to remain there. He knows he has got to play well as Alex Telles will be after that position.”

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