Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Luke Shaw

Goal for Rashford, concern for Shaw

Saturday 08 September 2018 23:03

Four Manchester United players were involved in an incident-packed match at Wembley, where the ecstasy of Marcus Rashford scoring for England later gave way to the agony of seeing Luke Shaw suffer a head injury in his first international match since March 2017.

Shaw collided with Spain defender Dani Carvajal and then banged his head against the turf in the opening moments of the second half and after being surrounded by medical staff on the pitch for several minutes, he was carried off on a stretcher.

Concerned players from both teams looked on as Shaw received treatment for his head injury,
Encouragingly, it was later reported that the left-back was conscious and moving around after being treated by doctors at the stadium when a hospital visit might have seemed likely earlier in the worrying proceedings.

In fact, Shaw tweeted an hour or so after the match to reassure worried fans.

The abrupt end to the game was a cruel blow for the unlucky United left-back, who had continued his excellent start to the season by charging forward in the 11th minute and bending a sublime pass into Rashford's path for the striker to finish first time past another club colleague, David De Gea.

The lead only lasted for two minutes, however, with Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez firing home from Thiago Alcantara's pull-back.
Rashford scored past De Gea to make it 1-0 but was otherwise unable to beat his United team-mate.
Thiago also assisted the visitors' second goal, scored by Rodrigo in the 32nd minute, and it proved to be decisive as De Gea made several decent saves to thwart Rashford and his cohorts and secure a 2-1 win for Spain.

The best of the goalkeeper's interventions was an instinctive stop to keep out the United striker's firm first-half header from a Jesse Lingard cross.
Jesse Lingard, seen here challenging Isco, played the full match for Gareth Southgate's side.
Lingard, Rashford and De Gea all played the full 90 minutes of the UEFA Nations League match, which United manager Jose Mourinho watched with great interest from the stands.