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Luke Shaw hails Ten Hag, Malacia, and Antony.

Updated: Oct 30, 2022

England defender Luke Shaw has been encouraged by the performance levels of Man Utd under Erik Ten Hag.

Luke Shaw has expressed his pride in how Manchester United are improving under manager Erik ten Hag.

The England left-back also admitted that he has been impressed with how the Dutchman gets his instructions across to the Red Devils.

United currently sit in 6th spot following their impressive 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, however, Shaw, who is highly optimistic, insists that they need to get more points on the board.

During an interview for United Review ahead of Thursday's Europa League match against Sheriff Tiraspol, Shaw was asked about Ten Hag's impact on the team, and he said as quoted: "He speaks to the players individually quite a lot and I think, from the start of pre-season, I could see what sort of manager he was going to be and I was extremely impressed with the way he came across, not just in terms of how he speaks to you, but his ideas of how he wants his team to set up.

"His structure and the way he wants to play with the ball and without the ball – it was really impressive. Things obviously take time, but I think we’re going in the right direction and I think it could be a really good next few months because I feel like we’re taking the right steps.

"I think there has been a massive improvement. The start of the season was obviously nowhere near good enough, we all knew that, but I think, since then, we’ve taken a lot of big strides [forward] and good strides, but I think there is still a lot more to come.

"We know we can do better – for example against Newcastle at home [earlier this month], we have to be winning those games and taking three points instead of one. But there has definitely been improvements and there is still a lot more to come."

Speaking about the competition with Tyrell Malacia [who was from Feyenoord during summer] for the left-back place, Shaw said the competition for places is something he has always welcomed.

"It's about keeping fit and keeping that high level consistently," the 27-year-old said. "Tyrell has obviously been playing as well and playing really well, and I think that's really good, for the manager to have competition in different positions, and both of us performing at a good level.

"I really like Ty; I sit next to him in the changing room, and he's a really nice guy, and an extremely good player. He’s still very young, and we get on really well and, for both of us, it’s nice to get on well with someone who, is in your position. That really helps because, when he plays, I want him to do the best for the team and I know he has the same feeling for me."

On himself and Malacia dealing with Antony on the training ground, Shaw said: "We have good battles in training. And it's really good to be able to train against someone like him with such high quality. Game by game, he’s getting better and better and, in the game against Newcastle, he was Man of the Match for me.

"He looks really confident, he’s running past players and coming inside and creating chances and scoring goals. He’s in a really good moment and we know there is still more to come, but he’s taking the right steps and that’s really good for the team."

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