Erik ten Hag says £31m Man Utd player simply must be picked, but there is a problem

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag feels that Luke Shaw ‘has to play’ when fit – but he is now injured again.

United fans were surprised when Erik ten Hag’s lineup to face Luton Town emerged.

Luke Shaw was substituted at Aston Villa last weekend and was nursing an injury in the build-up to this trip to Kenilworth Road.

Yet there he was, named as United’s starting left back having made what seemed like a miraculous recovery.

Erik ten Hag on Luke Shaw

Shaw was praised by Ten Hag ahead of kick off and heaped praise on the £31million left back.

Ten Hag told Sky Sports that Shaw’s withdrawal against Aston Villa was a precaution and United spent time building him up over the week.

Ten Hag then noted that Shaw ‘has to play’ whenever he is fit, because he adds so much to United’s game.

“We took him off as a precaution against Villa at half-time. We built him up again during the week, so it was not certain on Thursday when we did the press conference that he could play but he’s fine, he made a good improvement. When he is fit he has to play because definitely he will contribute to our levels of the game,” said Ten Hag.

Erik ten Hag says £31m Man Utd player simply must be picked, but there is a problem
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Shaw injury issues highlighted once again

Sadly, Shaw lasted just over 45 minutes as he limped off before the half-time break.

On came Victor Lindelof for the second weekend in a row with Shaw again pulling up with an injury.

Ten Hag has been quoted by United’s official website as saying that it obviously ‘doesn’t look good’ given that Shaw had to come off, but doesn’t quite know how serious the injury is right now.

Ten Hag may feel that Shaw has to play whenever available, but these absences are becoming a problem.

The 28-year-old has started just 12 Premier League games this season and we have now seen multiple occasions in which Shaw has returned and then quickly gone back to the treatment table.

Ten Hag just can’t count on Shaw being a regular starter for United right now having missed more than half of the Premier League campaign.

A quality player, Shaw just can’t stay fit and with Tyrell Malacia almost a forgotten man due to his own injury hell, United’s left back situation is becoming a problem.

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