Luke Shaw admits he understands and agrees with Erik ten Hag’s Tyrell Malacia decision

Luke Shaw admits he understands and agrees with Erik ten Hag's Tyrell Malacia decision

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has admitted that he understands and agrees with Erik ten Hag’s decision to start Tyrell Malacia ahead of him.

Shaw started Man United’s opening two Premier League fixtures against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford and both games ended in embarrassing defeats, with the England international poor in both games.

After the Brentford defeat, Erik ten Hag knew he had to make some changes to the starting lineup ahead of the Liverpool game otherwise he would go on to get the same results as the first two games and that saw the likes of Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Cristiano Ronaldo drop to the bench.

Manchester United have played four Premier League games after the Brentford thrashing on August 13 and won all four games against Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester City and Arsenal without the trio in the starting lineup.

Ten Hag maintained one starting lineup in all four league games and got the result he wanted and it’s highly likely that he would maintain the same lineup as the previous four games against Manchester City this weekend.

Luke Shaw, who scored during England’s 3-3 draw against Germany at Wembley in the UEFA Nations League on Monday night, is eager to get his starting role back again but agrees that Ten Hag made the right decision to drop a number of senior players when things weren’t going as planned.

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The England international now believes that the only way he’d get his spot back is to work hard and wait for his opportunities.

Speaking ahead of the derby, he told talkSPORT: “I think Ten Hag, the boss, he knows my qualities, he knows what I’m capable of and we’ve had chats.

“It’s understandable that, and I even agree, the start of the season wasn’t good enough and he had to make changes and I fully accept that, I accepted it.

“The only thing I can do is train hard and wait for my opportunities, whether that’s in the cup games or the Premier League, whatever I play in I just have to be ready and play at the standard I should be at.”