Luke Shaw has spoken to the club’s official site about how impressed he’s been with Erik ten Hag’s methods since joining Manchester United this summer.

United currently sit three points off third in the table and have played great football against some of the best teams in the league this season. Nobody would have bet after the disastrous start to the season, not even with boylesports sign up offer, that we would be in this position now. Shaw has talked about how Ten Hag has had an impact on the squad so far.

He speaks to the players individually quite a lot and I think, from the start of pre-season, I could see what sort of manager he was going to be and I was extremely impressed with the way he came across, not just in terms of how he speaks to you, but his ideas of how he wants his team to set up.

His structure and the way he wants to play with the ball and without the ball – it was really impressive. Things obviously take time, but I think we’re going in the right direction and I think it could be a really good next few months because I feel like we’re taking the right steps.

I think there has been a massive improvement. The start of the season was obviously nowhere near good enough, we all knew that, but I think, since then, we’ve taken a lot of big strides [forward] and good strides, but I think there is still a lot more to come.

We know we can do better – for example against Newcastle at home [earlier this month], we have to be winning those games and taking three points instead of one. But there has definitely been improvements and there is still a lot more to come.

Ten Hag had been a fan of Tyrell Malacia from his time in Holland and brought him in for competition for Shaw. Malacia replaced the England first-choice left back in the starting line-up initially and has seemingly given Shaw a kick up the backside. Shaw has spoken about his feelings on his competition.

It’s about keeping fit and keeping that high level consistently. Tyrell has obviously been playing as well and playing really well, and I think that’s really good, for the manager to have competition in different positions, and both of us performing at a good level.

I really like Ty; I sit next to him in the changing room and he’s a really nice guy and an extremely good player. He’s still very young and we get on really well and, for both of us, it’s nice to get on well with someone who is in your position. That really helps because, when he plays, I want him to do the best for the team and I know he has the same feeling for me.