Ten Hag: 'Honest' Shaw OK with United drop


Luke Shaw admitted to Erik ten Hag that he deserved to be dropped earlier than rediscovering his greatest kind, together with holding Erling Haaland quiet as a makeshift centre-back through the Manchester derby.

Shaw was benched by Ten Hag following a 4-0 defeat to Brentford in August and was changed within the workforce by summer season signing Tyrell Malacia.

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The England defender did not begin one other sport till a 2-1 win at Everton on Oct. 9, however has change into a key determine in United’s revival as they’ve put collectively a run of 9 straight wins.

“I like that he’s so honest,” Ten Hag stated. “After the second game he didn’t play and said: ‘I fully understand, my performance is not right.’

“You’ll be able to see when he has the fitting method he is a prime participant. I do not imply solely as a workforce participant, he is a frontrunner. He is proven a whole lot of management capacities — he is the instance at this second — and together with his expertise and together with his bodily energy he brings lots to the workforce.

“He’s an example of how to win big games. I’m really happy with his development. I think it’s been huge either at centre-half or left full-back, he’s a great player and a great personality for the dressing room.”

Since coming back from the World Cup, Shaw has often been used as a centre-back by Ten Hag and was picked forward of Argentina World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez for the 2-1 win over Manchester Metropolis on Saturday.

It pitted Shaw towards Haaland, who has scored 27 targets already this season and received a hat trick towards United in October, however the Norway striker had a quiet sport, failing to attain in a Premier League fixture for simply the fifth time.

“It is a big decision, but I think when you analyse the profile of Haaland and the combination with [Kevin] De Bruyne it was also the right decision because Luke has the physical power to compete with them and also has the tactical view to make the right decision and technical skills to play in that position,” Ten Hag stated.

“So I think [against City] it matched really well, but I think in other games he can contribute even more on the left in the wide positions so it’s a tactical choice and we can see from game to game what we need.

“I feel we’ve got extra gamers in our squad who’ve the capability to be multi-functional and we are able to use that as a weapon in video games.”

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