Carrick provides Luke Shaw update and explains selection against Chelsea

Manchester United’s caretaker manager Michael Carrick has provided an update on the club’s left-back Luke Shaw.

The England international didn’t form part of the matchday squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

After missing the midweek Champions League win against Villarreal, Shaw has struggled to shrug off the head injury he sustained in the 4-1 defeat to Watford, which proved to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game in charge of the club.

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Shaw’s absence against Thomas Tuchel’s side means that Alex Telles starts for the second game in a row.

Giving an update on Shaw, via the club’s official website, Carrick said: “Luke obviously had the bang on the head [at Watford] and we were assessing him and he just wasn’t quite right,” he explained.

“He didn’t quite get fit enough in time for the game. So it’s unfortunate for Luke, but it is what it is. We look forward to the game with what we’ve got for sure, and I think it will be a good one.”

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Coming into his first Premier League game in charge of the club, Carrick made some bold calls, most notably dropping Cristiano Ronaldo for the clash against the league leaders.

The 36-year-old will be hoping to come off the bench and score his first Premier League goal against the Blues.

Carrick made four changes to the starting line-up he picked at the El Madrigal.

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Our former midfielder explained his team selection: “Well, I’ve got great options. It’s a terrific squad to pick from. There’s a few little tweaks and changes from the other night.

“The boys who have come out of the team have been terrific around the group – fantastic in and around the group and in and around the changing room, as the other boys were the other night.

“It’s a real team effort, a real squad effort, and we’re looking forward to the game.”

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