Shaw admits Ten Hag ruthlessness with stars

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Shaw, Maguire and Ronaldo have been dropped at some point by Ten Hag and the England international has confessed the former Ajax manager is ruthless and can drop anyone.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has stated that the club manager Erik Ten Hag is not scared to drop stars in his team.

Shaw was once dropped to bench following United first two defeats in the Premier League and was replaced by Malacia.

Club captain Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo have also been dropped to the bench in some point this season.

Speaking about the ruthlessness of the manager Shaw said: “The good thing with this manager, this gaffer, is that if you’re not playing well then you won’t play.

“In the past that’s not been the case but I think the good thing about this manager is that he’s keeping everyone on their toes.

“He makes sure that everyone is 100% every day. If you’re not at it then you won’t play. That’s a positive thing.”

Shaw admitted that he knew he didn’t perform up to expectation and didn’t expect any comment from Ten Hag before he knows he need to improve.

“I didn’t really need him [Ten Hag] to say anything to me, I knew, I knew the first two games were nowhere near good enough,” Shaw added.

“I completely understood that it was my time to come out of the team. The results were bad, my performances were not good enough.

“I just had to keep training hard every day in training so the manager could see I was training hard. I was just waiting for my opportunity and had to bide my time because the team were doing well and we were winning.

“For me it’s all about consistency and I just need to keep training hard, keep the focus and give everything I can for the team.”

Following the draw with Newcastle, United face two key games against Tottenham and Chelsea this week.

Playing two top six-rivals in the space of four days will be a test of how far the team have come under Ten Hag, but Shaw said there have already been clear signs of progress.

“It takes a bit of time, but there are very positive signs at the moment and we, as players, can see that in day-to-day training with him,” he said.

“The meetings we have are very positive; it is the start of something new, so things like this take time.”




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