Can Shaw take back the Man Utd spot from Malacia?

Luke Shaw disclosed that he deserved to be on the bench at Manchester United, but is not ready to  be back down in a selection fight with Tyrell Malacia.

Luke Shaw began the 2022-23 campaign as Man United first-choice left-back, but was among those to struggle as Erik ten Hag’s reign at Old Trafford opened with back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Brentford. Shaw has seen just 20 minutes of Europa League football at club level since then, Although the 27-year-old is willing to fight with a Dutch colleague for the right to play the starting eleven.

Shaw told BBC Sport of his domestic challenge after lining up for England in a 3-3 UEFA Nations League draw with Germany: “I know the first two games weren’t good enough and fully understand the manager has to make decisions. Now the team has been winning and we’ve got to bide our time, the only thing I can do is keep supporting the team, keep training hard and just wait for my time because I think if I put my head down and not care it would be a bigger hill to climb when I want to play.”

Shaw may find it hard  to play  a regular role at United as Netherlands international Malacia has proven himself that he is worth it with his energy and work rate since completing a £13 million ($14m) transfer from Feyenoord during the summer window.

DERBY, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Luke Shaw of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Derby County and Manchester United at Pride Park on March 05, 2020 in Derby, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Luke Shaw of England celebrates with teammate Harry Kane after scoring their team’s first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Andy Rain – Pool/Getty Images)

Manchester United will return back in Premier League action on Sunday when they take in a derby date with their rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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