Rangnick says Shaw has suffered an injury flare up and Lingard was too ill to play

Luke Shaw had to be taken off at half-time in Manchester United’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

Shaw went down near the end of the first half but despite the fact that Alex Telles immediately got ready to replace him, he played on until the interval.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Ralf Rangnick said the England international had suffered a flare up of an old injury.

He also said that Cristiano Ronaldo is not the only United player who is ill, revealing that Jesse Lingard was too sick to contribute despite being named among the substitutes.

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“He has problems with his leg, with an old former injury,” said Rangnick when asked for an update on Shaw.

“He had pain last week with the England team and this showed up again today.”

“Jesse Lingard was on the bench but he couldn’t play as he felt sick for the last one and a half weeks. He was feeling extremely bad before the game.

“We only had him on the bench as a formality.”

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Could Lingard’s spot on the bench not have gone to a young player like Hannibal, who would have learned from the experience and could have come on?

There is not too much point in having a player on the bench who cannot come on, especially when you are chasing a game like United were tonight.

Lingard looks set to leave United anyway, so perhaps that is playing a part in Rangnick’s thinking, but it also adds to the idea that the German could be thinking more long term.

With Shaw, it is to be hoped that the injury is not too bad, considering he missed the whole of March at club level and needs to improve his performance levels going into the final months of the season.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.