Luke Shaw insists he understands Erik ten Hag’s decision to promote summer signing Tyrell Malacia at his expense but is determined to reclaim his place in Manchester United’s starting XI.
The veteran left-back was a mainstay under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but his form deteriorated last season after his impressive showing at Euro 2020 with England.
Shaw started the new campaign in his usual role, but after struggling in losses to Brighton and Brentford he lost his spot to new signing Malacia, who have garnered ripple criticism for his performances since joining the team.
The Netherlands international has even been compared to club legend Patrice Evra and reckons he will have a longer run in the team with Shaw, who is now forced to bid his time.
Despite his inactivity at club level, Shaw remains part of Gareth Southgate’s England plans and reminded his manager of his qualities last night when he scored in the 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley.
“I think it shows the confidence Gareth has in me,” he said of retaining his place in England 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 I fully understand that the manager has to make decisions.
“Now the team has won and we have 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 don’t care It would be a bigger hill to climb, when I want to play.’
Shaw’s United team-mate Harry Maguire is also in a similar predicament at United and endured a difficult night against Germany, committing the mistake that led to Ilkay Gundogan’s opener from the penalty spot.
Shaw added: “I’ll be honest, it’s a difficult time right now. Of course Harry is a great player, a great character. He’s taken a lot of beatings, probably more than I’ve ever seen in football before, but he never hides, he’s always there.
“You can have people who can hide and don’t want to be in the spotlight but he keeps putting himself in the spotlight and it shows the strength and character he has because everyone knows he’s an incredible player.
“Right now maybe the confidence isn’t there because it feels like the whole world is against him, it’s tough for him but we as players, staff, we’re all behind him because he’s a very important player and it shows Gareth’s confidence that he played in both games.
“Look at the Euros and what he has done. People have to understand that he’s a big part of the England team and they have to accept it.”
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