Luke Shaw explains Man Utd tactic change fans missed during Watford win

Manchester United beat strugglers Watford 3-0 on Sunday to climb back above Tottenham to fourth place in the Premier League.

Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot before providing for Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, but a positional change for Daniel James went unnoticed.

Luke Shaw has revealed that the Wales international was in a more defensive role than usual, despite it originally seeming as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had utilised two central defenders instead of three.

"I think I'm learning different things in that back three role," England international Shaw said after the match.

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"Sometimes things that you don't really get at left-back maybe because you're a bit more wider but I'm sort of more central.

"I was quite central [against Watford], we did work on that for me to be more central and Jamo [James] to sort of play that wing-back role, but obviously less defending when they had the ball.

"But, of course, I'm really enjoying it at the moment, and I'm happy to play anywhere where the manager wants me to play!

"I'm really enjoying that sort of left of the three [role] but I'll play anywhere and the most important thing is, you know, to help the team and to enjoy football."

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The Red Devils are now just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the table as they seek a return to Champions League football, and were boosted by the news that Manchester City’s spot could be handed to whoever finishes fifth.

"It's something good for the team that you know there's competition in places," Shaw later added of his ongoing battle for playing time with Brandon Williams, 19.

"But on the other hand, he's an amazing talent and he's still very young, he's still learning of course. But the same as me, I'm still learning.

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"But we've showed that we can also play together and I love to play with him. We played a couple of times now and we played well together.

"I'm learning what he does and, you know, he knows what I do, so it's a good partnership to play in.

"But of course we all love competition and we all love to push each other and I'll help him as much as he can to develop into a great player, that he can do."

Next up for United is the visit of Club Brugge in the Europa League before the trip to face Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.

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