‘If you don’t play well, you don’t play’: Luke Shaw praises Erik ten Hag for ‘keeping everyone on their toes’ with his Man United squad selections – admitting it ‘hasn’t always been the case’ under previous managers
- Manchester United drew 0-0 against Newcastle on Sunday
- They have only lost once in seven games since their scorching season start
- Luke Shaw praised the way Erik ten Hag has managed his United side
- He said the managers ‘keep players on their toes’ with his selection policy
Luke Shaw claimed that previous Manchester United managers were too flexible with their favorites when choosing the starting players.
The England international has fought his way back into the United squad in the past two Premier League games after initially losing his place to the youngster Tyrell Malacia.
Shaw believes Erik ten Hag is more ruthless – and insisted the decision to drop him after the humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford in August was the right one.
Luke Shaw praised the way new Man United boss Erik ten Hag has led the squad
“I didn’t really need him to say anything to me—I knew,” Shaw said. “I knew the first two games weren’t nearly good enough.
“I understood very well that it was my time to get out of the team. The results were bad, my performance was not good enough.’ Shaw added: “The good thing about this manager is that if you don’t play well, you don’t play. In the past that was not the case, but I think the good thing about this manager is that he keeps everyone on their toes.
“He makes sure everyone is 100 percent every day. If you’re not there, you’re not playing. That’s a positive thing. We all know that. And for me I just have to keep working harder.’ Shaw, 27, has insisted he hasn’t done himself justice at United since a £30million move from Southampton eight years ago.
“I’m at that age where I think it’s time I started being more consistent,” he said. “Over the years I’ve had a lot of ups and downs.
‘That is not good enough for me and not what I want to achieve. For me it’s all about consistency and I just have to keep training hard, keep the focus and give everything I can.”
Shaw said: ‘If you don’t play well, you don’t play’, under new United boss Ten Hag