Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw says that Alex Telles’ arrival at Old Trafford has pushed him to improve and retain his place.
Shaw is one of United‘s longest-serving players having joined in 2014. However, he has been in and out of the team in that time.
Injuries have hampered his progress and the 25-year-old has often had to prove his worth to managers over the years.
However, he has shown solid form of late and marshalled Liverpool wingers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane well at Anfield on Sunday. Indeed, the Reds pair switched sides midway through the 0-0 draw but could not create many clear-cut chances.
Speaking to MUTV, Shaw outlined how he and October signing Telles have formed a strong rapport in a bid to improve United at left-back.
“I feel really good, credit to Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] for that for believing in me and pushing me,” the Englishman said.
“Alex as well, we have a great relationship, he pushes me each day in training and we get on really. It’s nice to have that competition, we pushed each other to get the best out of ourselves.
“It’s a positive way for both of us to look at it.”
United faced criticism from pundits such as Gary Neville for showing a lack of belief against Liverpool.
The Reds have stumbled of late and their long unbeaten run at home could have been placed under more threat.
Shaw happy with Man Utd defending
However, Shaw insisted that his side were happy to defend against some of the world’s best forwards.
“This is why you come to clubs like this, to play against the best players in massive games,” he said.
“You look forward to tests like this. They’re the best in the world in their best position, but we all defended really well tonight and we need to keep doing that.”
United return to action on Wednesday when they are the visitors to Craven Cottage to play Fulham.