Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has been sent off for England against Italy.

And where Manchester United are concerned, this is actually good news.

Luke Shaw was shown a red card with England leading 2-1 in Naples. He was dismissed for receiving two yellow cards in quick succession.

The first came for timewasting, with the second coming as he committed a foul to break up play with Italy counter-attacking, with Harry Maguire down injured.

Italy v England: Group C - UEFA EURO 2024 Qualifying Round
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Shaw red helps United

Manchester United need as many players receiving rest as possible. And this red card means Luke Shaw’s international break is over.

England face Ukraine on Sunday in another Euro 2024 qualifier. As England’s first choice left-back, Shaw was expected to start again.

Now the defender will face a one-game suspension, and will miss the fixture with Ukraine.

Shaw can be expected to now return to Carrington to link up with his Manchester United teammates a few days early.

United forward Marcus Rashford is already missing England’s games with a minor injury, pulling out of the squad.

It will leave Harry Maguire as the only United player still with England, and he is only a back-up for United at this stage rather than a first choice.

Manchester United return to action on April 2 away at Newcastle United. This is the first of nine games Manchester United will play in the month of April in three competitions.

An extra few days of rest will help Shaw, who has made 35 appearances for United already this season, despite the extra help from Tyrell Malacia at left-back.

This was the first time Luke Shaw has been sent off since a red card received for United against West Ham way back in 2015.

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