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Stoke coach hails Man Utd youngster Shawcross

Stoke City coach Mark O'Connor has heaped praise on Manchester United defender Ryan Shawcross for the impact he has made during his loan spell.

"It's quite gratifying watching them play because I think supporters and management can see that they are growing in confidence and that they are becoming better players and you can only become better players if you're playing," he told the club's official website.

"You've got to earn the right to be in the team to start with but once you've earned that right and with regards to Ryan, I think in his first game against Cardiff he did well and there was quite alot of improvement in him and since then he's grown in stature almost game-by-game."

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