7 things from Luke Shaw Q&A including fastest player at Man Utd and why No.23

Luke Shaw has given a very interesting insight into some of the recent developments at Manchester United.

The England international has been in and out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI this term, but remains an important part of the furniture at Old Trafford.

He’s still only 25, but it feels like Shaw has been around forever, and he’s got plenty of interesting tales to tell from the highest level of the game.

So whether it’s Eric Bailly’s crazy antics or his rivalry for a starting place with Alex Telles, Shaw has revealed all on his current situation at United.

Here’s seven things were learned from his recent Q&A session with Sky Sports.

1. Toughest player played against

No surprises from Shaw here as he revealed the toughest player he has ever played against.

The England international is certainly not the first footballer to say his most tricky customer ever was Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

"If I think of every team I've played against, every player I've played against I would have to say Messi,” he opened up with.

"I think everyone would agree that, for me, he's the best in the world in the last 10 years."

2. Bailly lunatic off the pitch

The next question went a little off piste as Shaw revealed how the whole changing room loves how crazy Eric Bailly is.

The centre-back hasn’t necessarily had the most successful career at United, but he’s definitely a favourite in the dressing room.

"Every single player loves him in the changing room,” Shaw added.

"Yeah he's crazy but crazy in a positive way, he's got so much energy, brings the best out of everyone, makes everyone laugh and really good to have in the changing room.

"He's playing really well at the moment so he can keep that craziness up as long as he's keeping up the performances."

3. What Maguire thought of Amad

Shaw also revealed a very interesting comparison from United captain Maguire about new recruit Amad.

The big centre-back says that he reminds him of a young Riyad Mahrez from when the pair were at Leicester together. Not a bad comparison, to be fair.

He adds: "It was interesting because Harry said to me the other day that he reminds him of Mahrez when he was at Leicester. Really quick, skilful, agility, can turn really quick, got great skills and I would agree with Harry – he does remind me of Mahrez.

"Even the way Mahrez plays now I've seen the qualities that Amad already has and has shown in training.

"Mahrez is a wonderful player so hopefully if he's any good like him it would be great for United."

4. How he's reacted to Telles

Plenty of eyebrows were raised when United signed Alex Telles last summer with Shaw already there as a settled first choice left-back.

But the 25-year-old insists it is always good to have competition to keep him sharp and be able to mix things up.

"Yeah when there's competition it will improve anyone,” Shaw explained. “We all want to play. It's good to have.

"We have a lot of competition now, not just in the full-back area but all around the pitch. I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it, it's very good for the manager to have that competition because everyone will need to be 100 per cent in training and perform.

"If you're not in top shape and ready and training well the manager can switch it up and I think he's shown that he can do that."

5. Fastest players at Man Utd

Shaw’s next answer might not go down too well with his team-mates when discussing the age old question of the quickest player at the club.

Interestingly, he put himself in joint second with Marcus Rashford, with Dan James in first (no surprises there), and Axel Tuanzebe taking home the bronze medal.

"There's a lot of talk about this. We all look at the speed we run on our GPS's and people talk saying they're faster than them. There's a lot of competitiveness in that department.

"I think gold medal would be, of course, Daniel James.

"Then it's split here. I think there are so many people who are similar. I'm putting myself up there. I'll put me silver with Rashy [Rashford]. We can keep second.

"Then I would say Axel third."

Mason Greenwood and Aaron Wan-Bissaka didn’t even get a mention…

6. Best finisher at the club

If Shaw putting himself as the second fastest player at United wasn’t questionable enough, how about the best finisher?

Solskjaer definitely has some explaining to do there, but Shaw’s next response of Greenwood is one which has been echoed by many.

"You should ask the manager this question because it would be quite interesting to see who says. He normally says me,” Shaw went on.

"I understand what people think – I don't score many and this and that. But he's said to me before I'm one of them. You can hold me to this.

"There's many good finishers in our team but it would say Rashy [Rashford], Anthony [Martial].

"Mason's got beautiful finishing. He reminds me of Van Persie. He was so deadly in front of goal. Nearly every opportunity he would score.

"Mason is young but you can tell his finishing is unbelievable. Both feet. left, right. Beautiful technique. He normally slots it in the right corners."

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  • 7. Why he wears no.23

    Finally, Shaw explained the variety of interesting reasons why he wears the no. 23 shirt, admitting that the main reason was just that the number had followed him.

    “When I was at Southampton it was the first number I got. It just got drawn to me,” Shaw concluded.

    "Weird things started happening at home, the No.23 was popping up with my friends. I just feel it was my lucky number. Ever since then I've just kept it.

    "Of course there have been some massive celebrities that have worn it. I wouldn't say that's my reason why. I just felt comfortable in it and made my debut in it."

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