Erik ten Hag reacts to Luke Shaw’s ‘strong’ performance vs Germany

Erik ten Hag reacts to Luke Shaw's 'strong' performance vs Germany

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag believes Luke Shaw played really well during England’s clash against Germany in the UEFA Nations League.

Shaw hasn’t started a game for Man United since the huge defeat to Brentford in the Premier League in August but somehow, he was still called up by Gareth Southgate to the England squad.

The left-back, who came on as a second half substitute against Italy, started against Germany, created a big chance early in the game but Raheem Sterling failed to convert, scored a goal in the second half and produced a decent performance as England were held to a 3-3 draw.

Erik ten Hag was pleased with Shaw’s performance and admitted that the former Southampton defender didn’t just play well but played really well.

Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday, Ten Hag said of Shaw’s display for the Three Lions: “He didn’t play just well, he played really well. I think we are happy with all the players because they did well with the nations, and we followed them because that is one of our aspects.

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Luke Shaw played really strong against Germany and we saw a lot. We are happy with the performances from our players.”

Like Shaw, a couple of Manchester United players performed well for their respective countries in the recently concluded international break.

Casemiro produced a world-class assist to help Brazil thrash Tunisia 4-0 in an international friendly. He paired alongside Man United team-mate Fred, who also impressed. After the game, ex-Real Madrid left-back Roberto Carlos admitted he would have liked to play alongside the duo during his playing time.

Bruno Fernandes scored a goal, Cristiano Ronaldo created an assist and Diogo Dalot scored a brace as Portugal beat Czech Republic 4-0 in the UEFA Nations League. The trio also played against Spain last weekend.

Ten Hag was pleased with how his players performed at international level.

“All the players did well for their nations and Diogo [Dalot] scored twice, Bruno [Fernandes] played well twice, Casemiro and Fred played well and did their jobs,” said Ten Hag.

Harry Maguire also played against Italy and Germany but his performance against the Germans was next to nothing after he played a huge role in England’s 3-3 draw by giving away a penalty and getting dispossessed which Germany eventually converted as a goal.