Courtois the difference for Chelsea, says Shaw

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has claimed that only the performance of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois prevented his side from winning the clash between the two sides on Sunday, writes Sky Sports.

As it was, the game ended one apiece with Robin van Persie scoring a dramatic late goal to grab a point after Didier Drogba’s header looked to have given the visitors another crucial win.

Courtois denied van Persie twice before the equaliser, while Angel Di Maria also had an effort saved in what was arguably the Red Devils’ best performance of the season. The Belgian stopper has been heavily praised for his performances after replacing Petr Cech as first-choice in August, having won the league title in the third and final year of his loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

And Shaw believes his saves were the difference in Sunday’s match. He said: “We had a lot of chances but Thibaut Courtois helped them a lot. Robin had a few attempts and I think it might have been Adnan Januzaj who had a shot as well. There were those chances but he’s a world-class goallie.

“We’ve seen what Courtois has done in the past six months, not just for Chelsea but before that (with Atletico Madrid) so we know what his qualities are and he’s proved to be a great buy for them.”

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