Roberto Carlos has responded to recent comparisons made between Luke Shaw, dubbed ‘Shawberto Carlos’, and himself during his heyday.
Shaw, 25, has been sensational for England at Euro 2020, so far creating eight chances, exactly double that of his closest challenger in the Three Lion camp (Mason Mount with four), while he has also registered three assists, a stat bettered only by Steven Zuber (four) across the entire tournament.
It will come as no surprise to Manchester United fans, seeing Shaw flourish with such merit at the multi-host tournament, as he created the fourth-most chances across Europe’s top five leagues among defenders in 2020/21 (72), ranking second for that particular metric in 2021 alone.
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His most recent showing, a man-of-the-match display against Ukraine in the quarter-finals, has further cemented his status as one of the best No. 3s currently knocking about in the modern game, a sentiment echoed by left-back immortal Carlos, who believes the Man Utd man has “got everything”.
Carlos told PA: “You can see he’s very motivated.
“He’s really improving, his performance against Ukraine was very good. He’s been an important part of this English team, along with all the others.
“He’s been improving each game and I think he’s got everything to get to the top. He’s the left-back for England, that in itself says a lot.”
When pressed to give his thoughts on comparisons being made between Shaw and himself during his playing days, Carlos was quick to downplay such suggestions, but he did emphasise that he certainly sees resemblances.
“I don’t like comparing,” the 48-year-old continued. “It’s two completely different periods in football. I had my time and now he’s having his.
“Similarities I think could be that he has strength and the desire to win, just like I did.”
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Jose Mourinho: Luke Shaw is playing better and better and better
Jose Mourinho and Shaw have been at loggerheads recently, with the bad blood stemming from their time together at Manchester United, in which the Portuguese coach was regularly critical of the defender, even questioning his weight in pre-season.
As well as that, in England’s group-winning fixture against Czech Republic, Mourinho further criticised his former left-back’s set-pieces as “dramatically bad”, a statement that now seems completely at odds with Shaw’s recent delivery heroics in the knockouts.
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However, Mourinho has now started to come around to Shaw, recently going on record to praise the 25-year-old, believing that with each passing game, he continues to improve and make headway.
“Luke Shaw is playing better and better and better,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.
“I think the back four with the amazing Euros that both central midfielders are doing is more than enough to control Denmark offensively.
“And then you have four players to decide the creativity of the game.”