Man Utd’s Luke Shaw showing Alex Telles and Aaron Wan-Bissaka the way ahead of Liverpool
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Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre believes Luke Shaw is leading by example as Ole Gunnar Solskjer’s side look to take a giant stride in the title race. The Red Devils moved to the top of the table in midweek, beating Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.
That victory saw United leapfrog Liverpool, who they will face in a heavyweight clash at Anfield on Sunday.
United have been on a 11-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, with nine of those matches ending in victory.
Shaw has started the majority of those games, only missing out through injury and rotation.
That’s despite the summer arrival of Alex Telles proving extra competition in the full-back area.
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Ahead of the trip to Merseyside, Silvestre has claimed Shaw is ahead of his positional rivals and could prove key in a tight game this weekend.
“The margin will be very thin this weekend,” he said, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet. “It’s a game where Manchester United need to avoid giving free-kicks away. Don’t concede corners or soft free-kicks around the box.
“That would be my advice because I’d expect everything else to naturally be spot on with the guys.
“Luke Shaw has had a lot of time out through injury but when he has played he’s done very well. He’s been so solid and he’s brought some much-needed consistency.
“He’s getting better and better, and having been at United for a while now it’s good to see him playing a main role in the starting line-up.
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“He’s showing Alex Telles, Brandon Williams and even Aaron Wan-Bissaka the way to play.
He added: “When you play for Manchester United you need to be conscious that there will be competition for places from other international players.
“The demand and speed of the games means it’s normal to have another guy there to compete against and every day you have to do your best in training and prove why you deserve a place in the starting line-up.”
Meanwhile, ex-Liverpool star John Arne Riise is backing his old team to come out on top, claiming United’s reliance on Bruno Fernandes will see their title challenge ebb away.
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He said: “Sunday is a perfect game for the Liverpool players to prove to Jurgen Klopp and the fans that this is just a blip and they will be back up there fighting for first place.
“I think both teams will be thinking they can hurt Sunday’s opponents by taking advantage of their defence, which makes for a great game. I’m going for a 3-1 win for Liverpool.
“Man United are very reliant on Bruno Fernandes, though. If he’s out for any reason this season, they’ll struggle.
“That’s why I don’t think United will be up there in May, because they’re too dependent on that one player.”
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