Erik ten Hag explained why Luke Shaw played at centre-back against Man City
Erik ten Hag reveals why Luke Shaw played at centre-back against Manchester City.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has explained why he decided to play Luke Shaw at centre-back against rivals Manchester City.
But Ten Hag has now admitted that Shaw was the ideal counterbalance to keep Erling Haaland quiet, which is why he was given the start in the final 2-1 victory.
Firstly discussing Shaw’s slow start to the 2022/23 season, Ten Hag said: “I like that he’s so honest. After the second game he didn’t play and said: ‘I fully understand, my performance is not right’.
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“He’s an example of how to win big games. I’m really happy with his development. I think it’s been huge either at centre-half or left full back, he’s a great player and a great personality for the dressing room.”
Explaining the tactical match-up against Man City, Ten Hag added: “It is a big decision but I think when you analyse the profile of Haaland and the combination with [Kevin] De Bruyne it was also the right decision.
“Because Luke has the physical power to compete with them and also has the tactical view to make the right decision and technical skills to play in that position.
“So I think it matched really well but I think in other games he can contribute even more on the left in the wide positions, so it’s a tactical choice and we can see from game to game what we need.
Haaland, the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 21 goals, was kept quiet for much of the match at Old Trafford as United came from behind to secure victory on derby day.