Luke Shaw was substituted at halftime in Sunday afternoon’s victory over Aston Villa as a “precaution,” as explained by Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.
During the half at Villa Park, Victor Lindelof came out to warm up and took Shaw’s position in the second half. Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane resumed at centre half after a simple switch.
Ten Hag was quick to emphasise that Shaw’s substitution was a precautionary measure, despite the fact that he had already had thigh and muscular ailments this season.
In his press conference following the game, Ten Hag responded to a question concerning the left-back by saying, “Was precaution, Luke Shaw, he gave some messages about complaints.”
Luke Shaw has a history of too many injuries, so we couldn’t take that chance. We can’t miss him for six weeks, but it’s a really crucial game.”
Shaw will be evaluated at Carrington this week after starting the last four United games. Ten Hag has already suggested that Shaw would be available against Luton Town.
This season, United has already had a number of full-back injuries. Tyrell Malacia is still out indefinitely following two rounds of surgery on a knee injury, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka is currently out due to a setback in his recuperation ahead of Villa.
Lisandro Martinez, who was substituted during the 3-0 victory over West Ham, became the most recent player to experience an injury. After missing time due to an ankle ailment at the start of the season, the Argentine made his comeback towards the end of 2023, but he is expected to lose at least eight weeks due to a knee issue.