Erik ten Hag says he was impressed with 'really strong' Luke Shaw during international break
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has revealed he was very impressed with Luke Shaw during the international break.
Shaw started for England against Germany in a wing-back role and managed to get on the scoresheet, netting the goal which sparked a comeback in a 3-3 draw.
His display was even more impressive because it was Shaw’s first start since the August defeat to Brentford.
He lost his place to Tyrell Malacia at United, but will have an important role to play with squad rotation important in a month where United play nine matches.
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Shaw ‘really strong’
Speaking to Manchester United’s official club website, Erik ten Hag said he was very pleased with what he saw of Shaw for England.
He also says he has been pleased by the training performances from Shaw, and his entire squad, believing it bodes well for the hectic month ahead, which begins with three away matches.
Ten Hag said: “He didn’t play just well he played really well. Luke Shaw played really strong against Germany and we saw a lot, we are happy with the performances from our players.
“It reflects well with what we are doing with players here at Manchester United and that reflects in this moment with the training this morning, there was really high level of energy and the level of performance of training was good which gives me confidence for the upcoming period.”
Shaw may start the derby on the bench against City, but he will be ready if called upon. At the very least, he has given Ten Hag reason to at least consider bringing him in.
In United’s last game before the break, Shaw came off the bench against Sheriff Tiraspol and Tyrell Malacia moved to right-back.
With Ten Hag seemingly not a fan of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, this could be one way United get both players into the team, if he wants to give Diogo Dalot a break.
The competition with Malacia should bring out the best in Shaw. United have seen in the past that when the left-back is at the top of his game, he is a real asset.
The defender recently admitted he was right to be dropped, while Malacia has been simply outstanding since coming into the team.
United have two strong options, and this is the kind of strength Erik ten Hag needs in his squad if the team are going to achieve their lofty goals.