Luke Shaw Criticizes Manchester United and Erik ten Hag for Injury Mismanagement

Defender Reveals Frustration Over Being Rushed Back, Leading to Extended Absence

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw has voiced his frustration with the club and manager Erik ten Hag for rushing him back from a hamstring injury, resulting in a three-month absence from the field. Shaw, who has not played since aggravating his injury against Luton on February 18, believes the decision to play him prematurely was a mistake.

The 28-year-old defender initially suffered a hamstring injury against Aston Villa on February 11 and was advised by Ten Hag and the medical team to play against Luton a week later. This decision led to Shaw worsening his condition, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.

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Luke Shaw

Despite his prolonged absence, Shaw has been included in England’s Euro 2024 squad and might return for the second group game against Denmark. Reflecting on his injury, Shaw said, “I felt something against Aston Villa and came off at half-time. It’s kind of everyone’s fault—partly my fault, partly the medical staff. The scan didn’t show much, but I didn’t train all week and then trained just before the game. If the manager asks me to play, I won’t say no. I shouldn’t have played.”

Shaw explained that the urgency to return to team training for crucial games and the FA Cup final led him to push too hard, resulting in another hamstring injury. “I was close to returning but ended up with another injury, which turned out to be a six-week setback,” he added. Shaw also addressed the confusion surrounding his fitness, stating, “I’ve had people questioning how I could be fit for England but not for United. The truth is, I did everything to be fit for United.”

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England, dealing with the absence of Harry Maguire due to injury, is eager for Shaw’s return. Gareth Southgate confirmed that Shaw will miss the group opener against Serbia but hopes to have him ready for the match against Denmark. Shaw emphasized the need to be cautious with his recovery, saying, “I want to make the first game, but I don’t want to rush and risk another injury. I only have one chance to get this right.”

As Shaw prepares for a potential return, his comments shed light on the delicate balance between player health and team needs, highlighting the importance of careful injury management.

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