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Luke Shaw Reacts to His Manchester United Nickname Amid Roberto Carlos Comparisons

Mudeet Arora
Luke Shaw has been compared to Roberto Carlos for his form off late
Luke Shaw has been compared to Roberto Carlos for his form off late / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has laughed off comparisons with Brazilian great Roberto Carlos.

The left-back has enjoyed the best season of his career and could well be in line to win United's Player of the Year award.

Shaw's form has seen him gain a new nickname with fans jokingly terming the 25-year-old 'Shawberto Carlos' in comparison with the Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos.

Speaking to the Reds' website, Shaw laughed off the nickname but said he is honoured by the comparisons to a bonafide great of the game.

"I’ll be honest I’ve seen some things on it on social media and sometimes in my group chats my mates send me some stuff and I just laugh about it," he said.

Revealing his thoughts on being compared to Carlos, Shaw said, "I can't be compared to him, he was unbelievable. I'm aware of it and it's nice to be even mentioned alongside his name but I just laugh about it."

Despite his praise for Carlos, Shaw has idolised Chelsea legend Ashley Cole in his career.

He said as he concluded, "I think, looking back at when I was growing up and my sort of era, and watching him a lot and basing my game a lot on him and what I wanted to be like as a player, then I would have to say Ashley Cole. I’ve always been a massive fan of him and thought, when I was growing up, he was one of the best left-backs at that time. For me, as an all-round full-back he was one of the best I’ve ever seen with attacking and defending, so I’d say Ashley Cole."