‘He almost didn’t play the game’ Solskjaer says on Manchester United star who troubled City

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Manchester United did great work to beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening, with Luke Shaw one of the best players on the pitch.

Shaw scored the second goal for Manchester United, to help seal the victory, but the left-back could have been absent from this crunch fixture.

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer admitted that Shaw was a doubt for the game, with Alex Telles set to start. Shaw seemed to have problems before warm-up, but was eventually passed fit for the tie before kick-off, and he ended up being one of the stars on display.

“Absolutely incredible, he was a massive doubt after the warm-up,” Solskjaer revealed in his post-match press conference.

“He needed to do the warm-up to be clear to play, Alex was ready to play. Luke’s performance was top. He’s aggressive he’s hard to play against one-on-one when he goes forward on those runs he’s unstoppable.

“He’s improved so much, he’s improving all the time and I’m delighted for him.”