Erik ten Hag stressed the importance of having left-footed players in his Manchester United team after losing Luke Shaw at half-time in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Aston Villa. United edged out their top-four rivals in a hard-fought triumph, but Shaw’s withdrawal is a significant concern following Lisandro Martinez’s latest injury setback.
The 28-year-old started his fourth successive game at left-back against Villa after returning from a five-week absence in the 4-2 win at Newport County on January 28.
But Ten Hag was forced to replace Shaw with centre-back Victor Lindelof at the break, which contributed to an uncomfortable second half against Unai Emery’s dangerous side.
Scott McTominay netted an 86th-minute winner off the bench to add to Rasmus Hojlund’s early opener after Douglas Luiz fired the hosts level after the restart.
Shaw’s early substitution left a sour note on a momentous triumph, though, which was Ten Hag’s first away from home against a top-nine outfit.
After full-time, the Dutchman confirmed that he took Shaw off as a precaution due to “some complaints” that weren’t worth risking.
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