Erik ten Hag reveals why Luke Shaw has been used at centre-back

Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag has opened up on the choice to play Luke Shaw out of place as a makeshift centre-back lately.

The Purple Devils have been with out a lot of their pure central defenders for the reason that World Cup break. Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire have each struggled with sickness, Raphael Varane made his return on December 27 after reaching the ultimate with France, and Lisandro Martinez has solely simply reconvened with the squad at Carrington.

With these points in thoughts, Casemiro performed at centre-back for United’s Carabao Cup win in opposition to Burnley, whereas Shaw has began there throughout Premier League victories in opposition to Nottingham Forest and Wolves.

Ten Hag was requested about United’s centre-back disaster forward of their conflict with Bournemouth, and defined why Shaw has been trusted to play there.

Erik ten Hag has put his faith in Luke Shaw

Erik ten Hag has put his religion in Luke Shaw / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages

“After all, you will have your concepts and a plan however generally it modifications by circumstances just like the sicknesses for Harry and Victor,” he mentioned.

“Usually, they begin within the video games now we have simply performed, however then Casemiro did properly as a centre half [against Burnley] after which Luke Shaw did very properly in opposition to Nottingham Forest.

“Additionally, you have a look at the sport plan, the way in which we needed to strategy Wolves, and I assumed it was the perfect match with Rapha and Luke. Particularly we knew the velocity of Wolves from the appropriate aspect and we might cowl that as a result of we wished to assault over the left aspect with our offensive recreation from Tyrell Malacia.

“That was a very good match and likewise in possession you’ll be able to have higher angles with the left foot.”