Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has given hope to Luke Shaw that he could win back his place in the starting line-up by heaping praise on the defender’s performance for England on international duty.
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The left-back started United’s first two matches of the season against Brentford and Brighton but he’s been replaced by Tyrell Malacia since those defeats.
Shaw admitted last week that he understood Ten Hag’s decision to drop him but his performance in England’s 3-3 draw against Germany was a timely reminder of his quality.
Playing in a left-wing back role, Shaw scored the goal that set-up England’s comeback and he impressed Gareth Southgate, despite starting a match for the first time in six weeks.
Malacia has taken his chance since coming into the side but, speaking ahead of the Manchester derby today, Ten Hag has suggested Shaw could come back into the starting XI.
‘He didn’t play just well he played really well,’ said Ten Hag.
‘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.’
Ten Hag is sweating on the fitness of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford ahead of the trip to the Etihad.
The pair resumed training this week, though Martial was able to participate in more sessions than Rashford.
The duo have a good record against City but Martial hasn’t played since the win against Liverpool in mid-August.