Erik ten Hag reveals Luke Shaw missed Man United’s 3-0 Carabao Cup thrashing of Nottingham Forest because of illness with the left back also a doubt for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Reading
- Luke Shaw was left out of Wednesday night’s squad in the Carabao Cup
- Tyrell Malacia played in his place and Manchester United eased to a 3-0 win
- Erik ten Hag heaps praise on Marcus Rashford after his brilliant opener at Forest
Luke Shaw was absent from Manchester United’s 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup because of an illness, Erik ten Hag revealed after the match.
The defender, who’s been in fine form since the World Cup, sparked injury concerns when he was left out of the squad of the first leg of the semi finals without explanation.
Ten Hag said after the match, however, that the player was sick rather than injured, with his status for this weekend’s FA Cup tie versus Reading in limbo.
Luke Shaw could be sidelined for Manchester United’s matchup against Reading on Saturday
‘Difficult to say how that develops,’ ten Hag said after the match.
‘We have to wait to see how that develops in hours and days.’
Any further absences from Shaw would likely see Tyrell Malacia retain his spot at left-back from Wednesday night, where he and the rest of the United XI fared just fine without their missing teammate.
Erik ten Hag revealed after the match that Shaw was currently battling an illness
Anthony Elanga, Bruno Fernandes, Alejandro Garnacho and Victor Lindelof celebrate Fernandes’ goal to make the score 3-0 vs. Nottingham Forest
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a cool left-footed finish after a slaloming run through the defense, before Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes added to the tally later in the match.
Even against Championship opposition, Shaw missing out this weekend would be a blow for ten Hag and United.
After enduring a tough initial period under the Dutchman, the England international has emerged as a trusted favorite of the new manager, providing attacking impetus at left-back and even deputising in the centre after the World Cup.
He’s started 15 of a possible 20 league games for United this season.
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