'What just happened?!': Solskjaer sends message to Shaw after Euros final defeat

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s ‘so happy’ for Luke Shaw following his performances at the European Championships and his goal in the final defeat to Italy.

Shaw was one of the Three Lions’ most impressive performers at the tournament, taking his club form into his displays with his country.

The 26-year-old’s career has been transformed since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and the Portuguese coach continues to take swipes at the left-back, despite leaving the club two-and-a-half years ago.

Shaw has benefited from Solskjaer’s man-management and the Norwegian admitted he was proud to see his left-back score in the showpiece final, even if it ultimately ended in defeat.

“I’m so happy for Luke. I was watching it and ‘what’s just happened?’” said Solskjaer.

‘He started the attack and we’ve encouraged him to get into the last third.

‘We know how technically gifted he is and skilful he is and he hit the ball very, very sweetly. He keeps his eye on the ball, straight laces and it’s margins again – off the post and in, not off the post and out.

‘That’s football for you. Luke deserves all the luck he can get. He’s had a tremendous couple of years with us.’

Shaw will be given three weeks holiday before returning for pre-season and the involvement of a host of United players at Euro2020 means there’s a depleted squad at Carrington starting their preparations for next season.

Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles and Mason Greenwood are notable first team players that have returned for pre-season.

United start their season against rivals Leeds United in mid-August.

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