A 90th-minute goal from Eddie Nketiah settled proceedings at the Emirates and meant the hosts grabbed a huge three points in the title race. It was in the wide areas where Arsenal excelled on Sunday, with Bukayo Saka in particular shining up against Shaw down United’s left.
The Arsenal winger netted his team’s second goal of the game and hit the post in the second half, as Shaw had an evening to forget up against his England colleague.
“Shaw I think, Saka – my young player of the year – had him scared. It’s the first time I’ve seen Shaw look like: ‘Oh, this guy’s got my number’,” Ferdinand told his YouTube channel, FIVE.
“He gave him far too much space a lot of the time, allowed him to run, getting into the box before engaging with him because he didn’t want to get beat. He thought ‘if I try and face him up, he’ll be able to shift it around me’. And Shaw’s been magnificent for Man United up until this point.”
Keane was also critical of Shaw when speaking on Sky Sports after the game and feels he has room for improvement.
“United have made progress, but at the end of the game I look at Shaw still at left-back, there are questions about him,” claimed the Irishman. “[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka, Fred, [Scott] McTominay, it’s as if United had not moved on from their problems of the past.”
Speaking later in the show, Neville also highlighted the flanks as the positions where the Red Devils found it tough. “United did struggle in those full-back areas in the second half up against Saka and Martinelli,” opined the former defender.