Harry Maguire claims a drastic shift in mentality helped unleash Luke Shaw’s potential for Manchester United after a hugely challenging spell under Jose Mourinho.
Shaw, 25, failed to see eye to eye with Mourinho and has continued to face public criticism from the former Red Devils boss even after he was sacked in 2018.
Either way, Shaw appears to be a new player these days compared to the timid one he was under Mourinho.
Shaw has been just as brilliant for the Three Lions this summer, registering three assists and helping Gareth Southgate’s side achieve five consecutive clean sheets at the Euros.
Maguire is not surprised to see his club-and-country teammate flourishing, as he has always believed the left-back had world-class ability.
But the United captain explained it took a shift in mindset for Shaw to show his best form.
“I think first and foremost his ability has always been there,” Maguire told reporters ahead of England’s semi-final clash with Denmark.
“He has great ability, he has every attribute to be one of the best left-backs in the world.
“I would probably say the main difference I feel within Luke is his mentality, in terms of pushing himself and really the demands he is putting on himself now to not just be a six out of 10 in each and every game, not to play comfortable.
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“[It’s] to go and push on and be himself and push himself to be the best player on the pitch, because there’s no reason why he can’t do that with all the attributes and ability that he has.”
Shaw will be confident of retaining his spot in Southgate’s XI to face Denmark even though Ben Chilwell is waiting in the wings for minutes.
He picked up the assist for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Germany in the last 16 with a lethal ball across the six-yard box.
Shaw then set up two goals in four minutes in the 4-0 quarter-final thrashing of Ukraine, first whipping in a corner for Maguire to nod in then feeding Harry Kane to score his second goal.
England face Denmark in the semi-finals on Wednesday night, with the winner set to face the victor of Tuesday’s clash between Italy and Spain at Wembley.