Luke Shaw insists he understands Erik ten Hag’s decision to promote summer signing Tyrell Malacia at his expense but is determined to win his place back in Manchester United’s starting line-up.
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The experienced left-back had been a mainstay under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but his form dipped last season following his impressive exploits at Euro 2020 with England.
Shaw started the new campaign in his customary role, but after struggling in the defeats against Brighton and Brentford, he lost his place to new recruit Malacia who has won wave reviews for his performances since coming into the team.
The Netherlands international has even been compared to club legend Patrice Evra and looks set for an extended run the in team with Shaw now forced to bide his time.
Despite his inactivity at club level, Shaw remains part of Gareth Southgate’s England plans and reminded his manager of his attributes last night, scoring in the 3-3 draw against Germany at Wembley.
‘I think it shows the trust Gareth has in me,’ he said of keeping his England place despite not playing regularly for his club.
‘I look at it from a club perspective, I know the first two games weren’t good enough and fully understand the manager has to make decisions.
‘Now the team has been winning and we’ve got to bide our time, the only thing I can do is keep supporting the team, keep training hard and just wait for my time because I think if I put my head down and not care it would be a bigger hill to climb when I want to play.’
Shaw’s United teammate, Harry Maguire, is also in a similar predicament at United and endured a difficult night against Germany, committing the error which led to Ilkay Gundogan’s opening goal from the penalty spot.
Shaw added: ‘I will be honest, it is a tough period at the moment, Of course Harry is an amazing player, an amazing character. He has taken a lot of stick, probably more than I have ever seen before in football but he never hides away, he is always there.
‘You can have people that can hide away and not want to be in the spotlight but he keeps putting himself in the spotlight and it shows the strength and character he has got because, come on, everyone knows that he is an unbelievable player.
‘At the moment the confidence might not be there because it might feel like the whole world is against him, it is tough for him but us as players, staff we are all behind him because he is a very important player and it shows Gareth’s trust that he has played in both games.
‘Look at the Euros and what he has done, people need to understand he is a big part of the England team and they have to accept it.’
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