Manchester United star praises Arsenal and 'excellent manager' Mikel Arteta

Luke Shaw has praised Arsenal and ‘excellent manager’ Mikel Arteta ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash at the Emirates.

The Red Devils travel to north London on Saturday hoping for a response following their shock 2-1 defeat to bottom-placed Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

Despite that loss, Manchester United remain second in the table – one point behind leaders Manchester City – after a brilliant run of form throughout most of December and January.

Arsenal endured a dismal start to the 2020-21 campaign but have improved recently to climb to ninth in the Premier League, seven points off the top-four places.

Manchester United’s Shaw is aware of Arsenal’s threat under ‘excellent manager’ Arteta and says his team cannot afford to start the match slowly.

He told the club’s website: ‘After Wednesday night, what more would you want than Arsenal away, we know how big this game is.

‘The disappointment has gone and now we look forward to this one to put things right. After a bad result you want a game as quickly as possible.

‘It’s a massive game and if we go and win it we can completely forget about what happened at home against Sheffield United and focus on what’s to come.

‘Arsenal are a very good team with an excellent manager and you can tell in the way they set up and the way they play that they’re very good with the ball, but they’ve always been like that.

‘We always know, especially at Arsenal, in the first 15 or 20 minutes you have to arrive in the game and be bright and start well. If not, we could be in big trouble, like we have been in the past against them.

‘It’s a very big game and we’ve got all the confidence and belief in ourselves at the moment. We need to take that into the game.’

Shaw has been one of Manchester United’s most consistent players this season and admits he is ‘maybe’ playing the best football of his Old Trafford career.

‘Yeah maybe, because I had a lot of ups and downs,’ he said on his own form.

‘There were times when I was finally getting into a good stage where I felt good but I feel like I’ve been so unfortunate with the injuries I’ve picked up along the way.

That’s in the past though and hopefully that’s behind me and I can just get back to playing football and enjoying it and trying to help the team as much as possible.

‘I feel like I’ve been here for a long time now so I do feel like one of the older ones. Sometimes even the lads ask how old I am because everyone thinks I’m older!

Of course I’ve still got a long way to go, but I think I’ve matured not just in football, but outside of football as well. Hopefully I can continue pushing along because I can definitely still improve and get better.

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