Man Utd star regrets agreeing to Erik ten Hag request

Luke Shaw, the defender for Manchester United and England, has expressed regret over his decision to play in a recent match, which he fears may jeopardize his participation in the Euro 2024 tournament.

Currently, Shaw is recovering from a hamstring injury and is not expected to be ready for England’s opening game against Serbia in the Euros.

The absence of Harry Maguire, another Manchester United defender who was also injured and did not make the final squad, has left England’s defense in a challenging position.

Shaw’s potential return could significantly strengthen the team’s prospects for winning their first major trophy since 1966.

However, Shaw has been sidelined for nearly four months following a hamstring injury sustained during a match against Luton Town on February 18.

Despite being advised by Erik ten Hag and the club’s medical team to play in that game, Shaw now acknowledges that it was a mistake to do so.

‘I felt something against Aston Villa and came off at half-time at Villa Park,’ Shaw said. ‘It’s kind of ­everyone’s fault. Partly my fault, partly medical staff, I think everyone would admit that.

‘I didn’t train the whole week. The scan came back and there wasn’t too much there. But I didn’t train all week, then trained the day before the game. If the manager asks me to play, I’m never going to say no. I shouldn’t have played.’

Shaw claims he wanted to clear up the confusion over his fitness issues after being included in England’s provisional Euros team on May 21 – four days before missing the FA Cup final through injury.

‘No one knows the situation, what’s been happening,’ the defender added. ‘I think people have seen that there was a setback, but I was actually very close to returning to team training.

‘I was, of course, pushing to try and get back for the games and the final and I think I pushed too hard. I came back too quick and I actually ended up getting another injury in my hamstring, which was three weeks from the final and they said it was a six-week injury, so that’s why there was that setback.

‘I think people have been getting confused with what’s actually happened because nothing had been said.

‘I got a few people coming up to me, saying: “How can you not be fit for United but fit for England?” But the circumstances were that I did push to do everything I can to be fit for United, and that’s been really my whole season.

‘It’s been disappointing for me, but I want to do everything I can, first and foremost, for United.  It’s better for me to come out and say what happened, because I think there were a lot of questions over how I could be here and not United.

‘That’s been playing on my mind a little bit because I don’t want people thinking that that’s what I’m doing.’

Shaw said: ‘We just go day by day, see how I’m feeling in training.

‘I would love to make the first game, but I don’t want to rush too quickly because realistically I’ve only got one chance. If I feel something, then that’s it. I don’t want that to happen.’

JB

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