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'He's potentially one of the best left-backs in England': Luke Shaw backed to shine for Manchester United by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Ashley Young's departure to Inter Milan

Shaw is set to benefit from Ashley Young's permanent switch to Inter Milan Despite having struggled for form and fitness, Shaw could now play a key partOle Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Luke Shaw to step up following Ashley Young's departure to Inter Milan.

With Young no longer at the club, Shaw has an opportunity to re-establish himself as United's first-choice left-back, and Solskjaer hailed the 24-year-old as one of the best players in his position in the Premier League.  

Solskjaer told Manchester United's official website: 'When this situation came up, and the options we've got at full-back - you've got Brandon Williams who has really come through and developed. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been fantastic.

'He's potentially one of the best left-backs in England': Luke Shaw backed to shine for Manchester United by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Ashley Young's departure to Inter Milan

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Manchester United's Luke Shaw as one of England's top left-backs

'Luke Shaw is potentially one of the best left-backs in England, for me. Then we've got Diogo Dalot and Tim Fosu-Mensah, they're both fit. You've got loads of full-backs.'

Solskjaer was full of praise for Young, who also often featured at right-back for United. 

He said: 'Ashley's mindset was that he wanted to try a new adventure and he's approaching 35 now. He's done a fantastic job and he's served this club fantastically.

'I think it was an opportunity for him that we had to say yes to. We got a transfer fee for someone who's been so loyal to the club. Good luck. 

'That's what Manchester United do, you have players for a long time and then they move on and someone else steps in.'

Ashley Young's departure to Inter Milan could see Shaw receive more regular playing time

As Solskjaer alludes to, there will still be competition for the left-back berth at United, with 19-year-old Brandon Williams having produced some encouraging performances this season.

Shaw has often struggled for form and fitness during his United career, but he will hope that he can get back to being a very important player for the club.

The ultimate aim for Shaw will be to re-establish himself in the England setup, but he hasn't featured for Gareth Southgate's side since 2018, with Ben Chilwell and Danny Rose both ahead of him in the pecking order.  

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