Shaw accepted being left out at United

Tuesday 27 September 2022 10:58

Luke Shaw is determined to win back his place in the Manchester United starting line-up but accepts changes had to be made after the team began the season with consecutive defeats.

The Reds lost the first two games to Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford but have since embarked on a four-match winning streak in the Premier League.

This was only halted by the postponement of the matches with Crystal Palace and Leeds United but domestic action resumes this weekend, with the Manchester derby taking place on Sunday.

Shaw has made the most of the international break to press his England claims, scoring his country's first goal in the 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley.

Shaw scores in thrilling Wembley draw


Luke's third international goal was another important one as England came from behind against Germany.

The 27-year-old had picked up an injury but returned to the fray with United as a substitute in our most recent fixture, the 2-0 victory at Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League.

Shaw came on in his usual left-back slot, with Tyrell Malacia, who is providing fierce competition for the position, switching to the opposite flank.

However, in a typically honest appraisal of the situation, our long-serving defender admits the onus is on him to become a regular starter and ensure he makes the plane for the World Cup finals in Qatar later this year.

When asked by talkSPORT about getting more minutes on the pitch before the finals, Shaw said: "It's what everyone wants. I think Erik ten Hag, the boss, he knows my qualities. He knows what I am 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."

Watch Luke Shaw's derby goal in our March 2021 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Shaw will be hoping to feature in Sunday's game at the Etihad Stadium, after scoring in this fixture back in 2020/21. That was one of two league goals he has to his name - the other came in a home win over Leicester City on the opening day of the 2018/19 campaign.

Of course, he also netted for England in the European Championship final against Italy and, with Diogo Dalot bagging a brace for Portugal in their recent victory at Czech Republic, it looks like our full-backs are showing great form in front of goal.