Shaw's defensive improvement is there for all to see, which was solidified particularly in his two recent performances against Liverpool in both the Premier League and FA Cup meetings between the two sides. The Englishman showcased his ability to defend admirably against some of the best Premier League’s players with him putting in outstanding displays against the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in both meetings.
Performances which are of stark contrast to ones that saw Shaw widely mocked just a few seasons back. Quick and agile players always seemingly used to get the better of the left-back, but now the much-improved Shaw seems to relish these challenges and he is proving to be the best defensive left-back in the Premier League.
This all comes not long after the Englishman was playing in a back three at United under Jose Mourinho, with Ashley Young moved out to wing, whilst Shaw operated the left-sided centre-back role. Solskjaer also experimented with it briefly and on both occasions, Shaw emphasised his defensive brilliance, combining pace with tackling authority.
Whilst United don't play this formation any more, the club's number 23 has proven he can do it and with England likely lining up in just that way in the summer, Shaw could become the perfect asset for Gareth Southgate. Alongside likely Harry Maguire and John Stones, Shaw could slot in a centre-back alongside the two, with Kyle Walker's lack of minutes likely forcing his usual spot out of the window.
With the Three Lions lining up this way, Southgate has more defensive stability, more pace to cover the less mobile Maguire, and it then allows Ben Chilwell to potentially occupy the left wing back role.