It has been reported that England manager Roy Hodgson believes criticism for his performances during his first season at Manchester United has helped Luke Shaw bounce back this term.
The 20-year-old failed to reproduce his Southampton form at Old Trafford after securing a £30million move last year, but has cemented his spot in Louis van Gaal’s side this season, while showing impressive form for the England national team.
“I think he’s been a bit harshly treated personally,” Hodgson said.
“He didn’t look as if he was looking after himself too badly at Southampton and played well enough to get the £30million move.
“I’m not certain I want to jump on that bandwagon. But it’s nice to see him back, playing confidently and showing him the form that got him the move to Manchester United in the first place.
“We’ve always believed in him. I thought he played very well against Costa Rica and was pencilled in as the player who could give Leighton Baines a run for his money but he had a tough season.
“It must have been tough for him and his family but it might benefit him.”