Luke Shaw played in his first Champions League game for Manchester United on Tuesday night since September 2015 when he suffered that horrible leg-break in an away fixture against PSV Eindhoven.
He performed admirably as United overcame CSKA Moscow 2-1 to top the group and secure their passage to the knockout stages of the competition.
After the game, fans and pundits alike were left debating, why can’t Shaw play that well all the time?
For the time being, with Shaw having slipped down in the pecking order at full-back under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, the 22-year-old must make do with the limited opportunities his manager affords him. With a level of display similar to Tuesday night, the ex-Southampton player could well work his way back into the team as a regular and into the top form which he was enjoying before his aforementioned unfortunate serious leg injury.
That form was what saw Shaw widely dubbed as one of the hottest prospects in English football as an 18-year-old and ultimately saw him seal a £30 million move to United.
However, the road from that transfer to this point has been far from smooth, especially with the public criticism he has had to endure from Mourinho since the Portuguese has taken over at the club.
The BT Sport panel consisting of Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard discussed what they feel is going on in the life of Shaw both on and off the pitch to say he cannot seem to reach a consistent high level of performance, despite the fact he is so clearly blessed with bundles of talent.
United legend Scholes speculates that Shaw does not look after himself as well as a professional footballer of the modern era should, comparing him to former teammate Wayne Rooney, who showed signs of going out of shape as soon as he had missed two games.
Check it out for yourself in the clip below: